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Announcements in 2020

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of Federal Claims have entered a new joint order extending their prior administrative orders of June 26, 2020, concerning access to the National Courts Building complex in Washington, D.C.   Effective immediately, building access will continue to remain limited to court staff, however requests for access will still be handled on a case-by-case basis when submitted in writing at least 24 hours ahead of time.  The full administrative order is available on the court's website.

Requests for access relating to Federal Circuit business or spaces within the National Courts Building may be submitted in writing to the Circuit Executive's Office at FSO_helpdesk@cafc.uscourts.gov. These restrictions will remain in effect until October 19, 2020, unless modified sooner. 

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. [September 11, 2020]

 

The Clerk's Office will be inaccessible for submitting paper filings, mail and courier deliveries, and night box submissions on Friday, August 28, 2020.  Paper filings and submissions due on Friday, August 28, 2020, will be deemed as timely filed if received on Monday, August 31, 2020.  Electronic case filing will remain available through CM/ECF and electronic filing deadlines remain in effect.  

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of Federal Claims have entered a joint order extending their prior administrative orders of June 26, 2020, concerning access to the National Courts Building complex in Washington, D.C.   Effective immediately, building access will continue to remain limited to court staff, however requests for access will still be handled on a case-by-case basis when submitted in writing at least 24 hours ahead of time.  The full administrative order is available on the court's website.

Requests for access relating to Federal Circuit business or spaces within the National Courts Building may be submitted in writing to the Circuit Executive's Office at FSO_helpdesk@cafc.uscourts.gov. These restrictions will remain in effect until September 14, 2020, unless modified sooner. 

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. [August 13, 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]

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