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An amendment to Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure went into effect on December 1, 2017. This technical amendment restored prior language to Rule 4(a) that was inadvertently deleted in 2009, and no related or conforming amendment was needed to the Federal Circuit Rules. An updated version of the court’s Rules of Practice incorporating this amendment is available on the court’s website.

In the spring of 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will go live on the next generation of the national case management and electronic case filing system, NextGen CM/ECF. Additional information and instructions on how to begin preparing for NextGen CM/ECF are available here.

On November 13, 2017, the Supreme Court’s electronic filing system will begin operation.  While paper will remain the official form of filing as under existing practice, parties represented by counsel will also be required to submit most documents through the new electronic filing system.  Attorneys who expect to file documents electronically will need to register in advance for the system.  Additional information is available at

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.