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Announcements in 2020

The July 1, 2020 amendments to the Federal Circuit Rules go into effect today.  The final version of the Federal Circuit Rules (July 1, 2020) is available on the court’s website and will apply to all cases filed or pending on or after July 1, 2020, to the extent practicable.  The court has also adopted changes to many of its official forms, which should be used, as required, for any filings made on or after July 1, 2020.  All updated and existing forms are located on the court's website.

As part of the implementation of these amendments, the Clerk’s Office has issued updated versions of the Electronic Filing Procedures, Guide for Oral Argument, Guide for Unrepresented Parties (formerly “Guide for Pro Se Appellants and Petitioners”), and additional content through the court’s website.  

Based on new provisions in the Rules, the Clerk of Court has also issued two notices.  The first notice sets the maximum rate of taxation of costs pursuant to Fed. Cir. R. 39(c); these rates are unchanged from those in effect before July 1, 2020, and update the available taxation items based on the current paper brief copy requirements under the Rules.  The second notice provides that electronic filing for unrepresented parties will be available beginning October 1, 2020; in the interim, the Clerk’s Office will continue to provide modified electronic filing and service procedures consistent with Administrative Order 20-01 (March 20, 2020). [July 1, 2020]

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of Federal Claims have entered a joint order modifying their prior administrative orders of March 16, 2020, concerning access to the National Courts Building complex in Washington, D.C.   Effective June 29, 2020, noon (Eastern), building access will remain limited to court staff, however requests for access will be handled on a case-by-case basis when submitted in writing at least 24 hours ahead of time.  Requests for access relating to Federal Circuit business or spaces within the National Courts Building may be submitted in writing to the Clerk's Office at chiefdeputyclerk@cafc.uscourts.gov.  These restrictions will remain in effect until August 14, 2020, unless modified sooner.  The full administrative order is available on the court's website.

To review ongoing updates and information about the Federal Circuit's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please go to the court's COVID-19 information page. [June 26, 2020]

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2071(b), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has adopted amendments to Federal Circuit Rules of Practice 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 25.1 (new rule), 26, 26.1, 27, 28, 28.1, 29, 30, 31, 32, 32.1, 33, 33.1, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 41, 45, 46, 47, 47.2, 47.3, 47.4, 47.5, 47.7, 47.9, 47.10, 47.12, 50, 52, and 54, and the Federal Circuit Attorney Discipline Rules.  These amendments take effect on July 1, 2020, and will apply to all cases filed or pending on or after July 1, 2020, to the extent practicable, unless otherwise ordered.  

The final public noticethe order of adoptiona draft copy of the new Federal Circuit Rules of Practice, and a summary of the adopted amendments are available on the court's website.  Edits and corrections to the draft proof copy may be submitted to the Clerk's Office at FederalCircuitRules@cafc.uscourts.gov by the close of business on June 23, 2020. The Clerk's Office will issue a final version of the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice on June 30, 2020. [June 16, 2020]

Due to ongoing activity in the vicinity of the National Courts Building limiting the ability of mail and physical delivery of filings to the courthouse, the Clerk’s Office for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has been, and will be, inaccessible within the meaning of Fed. R. App. P. 26(a)(3), for the period of time beginning on June 5, 2020, through June 10, 2020.  All deadlines for paper filings during this period are extended to June 11, 2020.  All electronic filing deadlines remain in effect.  Arguments scheduled for Monday, June 8, 2020, will proceed as scheduled.  The full order is available on the court’s website (link).

The Clerk’s Office continues to perform all other essential functions through limited on-site staff and expanded teleworking implemented as part of the court’s response to the ongoing public health emergencies impacting the National Capital Region.  See Administrative Order 20-01 (Mar. 20, 2020)

The National Courts Building in Washington, D.C. will be closed to staff and the public on Friday, June 5, 2020.  Pursuant to Fed. R. App. P. 26(a), the Clerk's Office will be temporarily inaccessible for submitting paper filings, mail and courier deliveries, and night box submissions.  Arguments scheduled for June 5, 2020, are canceled and will be rescheduled.

Electronic case filing will remain available through CM/ECF and electronic filing deadlines remain in effect.  Paper filings and submissions due on June 5, 2020, will be deemed as timely filed if received by the next day the court is open to the public.   The Clerk’s Office will continue to provide remote services consistent with our previously announced modified public assistance.

 

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