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The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit proposes to amend its Local Rules. These amendments are subject to public notice and comment under 28 U.S.C. § 2071(b). The proposed amendments are in response to various revisions to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP), effective December 1, 2016. Those FRAP amendments are available here. This court’s proposed revisions to the FRAP amendments and the revisions to this court’s Federal Circuit Rules are available here. The proposed revisions to the Federal Circuit Rules will change page limitations to word limitations for various documents submitted to the court, if those documents were prepared using a computer. One notable exception is that the court has voted to retain the previous word limitation for merits briefs, i.e., the traditional 14,000/7,000 word limitations, rather than the smaller amount proposed by the new FRAP amendments. New material is underlined; deleted material is in strikethrough text. Additionally, in a few instances, provisions of the FRAP have been stricken to indicate that local rules apply. In all other aspects, the revised FRAP rules will apply. These revisions will apply to cases docketed on or after December 1, 2016.

Comments and suggested changes by members of the public may be submitted to chiefdeputyclerk@cafc.uscourts.gov with a subject line of: PROPOSED RULES COMMENTS. Please also include the name and return email address (if different than the address from which the email comment is sent) of the person submitting the comment. For members of the public that do not have access to email, comments and suggested changes may also be submitted by mail to: Proposed Rules Comments, Clerk of Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 717 Madison Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20439. All comments must be received by close of business on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.