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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 24, 2017. Please see the administrative closing order here. For purposes of computation of time and motions to enlarge time under Fed. R. App. P. 26 and Fed. Cir. R. 26, November 24th will be considered a “legal holiday.”

Following public notice and comment pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2071(b), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has amended the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice 47.4 and 47.5. The new versions of Federal Circuit Rules 47.4 and 47.5, as well as a revised Form 9 (Certificate of Interest), are available on the court’s website and in the Clerk’s Office.

These new disclosure requirements apply to all documents filed on or after October 2, 2017. On October 2, 2017, a revised version of the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, as well as Form 9, will be on the court’s website (http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov).

Please direct any questions to the Clerk’s Office at 202-275-8055 or chiefdeputyclerk@cafc.uscourts.gov.

The Clerk’s Office is pleased to announce the creation of two new phone lines to assist the public. Beginning Monday, September 11, 2017, all inquiries to the Clerk’s Office should be directed as follows: 

  • For general questions, please call the Clerk’s Office main line at 202-275-8000. 
  • For case-related questions on cases that have not yet been scheduled for argument, as well as questions on how to file documents in CM/ECF and other procedural matters, call the Operations Team at 202-275-8055.
  • For case-related questions on cases that have been scheduled for argument, calendar-related questions, and post-opinion matters, call the Court Services Team at 202-275-8035. 

Please note that the Clerk’s Office will discontinue the practice of answering procedural and filing-related questions by email as of this date. However, the Clerk’s Office is available to answer your questions by phone Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Eastern), by calling one of the above listed numbers. Additional Clerk’s Office contact information is available on our website at http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/contact/clerks-office.

The routine maintenance window is extended on Saturday, August 19, 2017 for national system updates. The CM/ECF system may be unavailable from 5:00AM-1:00PM EDT. We recommend that you do not attempt any CM/ECF transactions until the system maintenance is completed. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s PACER and ECF Systems are back online as of 7:30 pm on August 7, 2017. Counsel is advised to review Federal Circuit Rule 25(c)(1)(J) and Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 26(a)(3) for guidance regarding any technical difficulties they may have had over the course of the day.

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