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The Honorable Kara F. Stoll took the oath of office in a private ceremony at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015, in the chambers of Chief Judge Sharon Prost. Judge Stoll fills the only vacancy on the on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and is the court's twelfth active circuit judge. Judge Stoll was nominated by President Obama on November 12, 2014, and she was confirmed by a 95 to 0 vote of the U.S. Senate on July 7, 2015.

Circuit Judge Stoll’s biography may be read here.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has amended Federal Circuit Rules of Practice and Procedure 46(c) and 52(a) and (e) to require the mandatory use of pay.gov when attorneys are paying fees to the court. Additions to the rules are noted in blue print; deletions are noted in strikeout print.

Pro se litigants are unaffected by these rule changes.

Pay.gov has been available for optional use since September of 2013. As a result of these rule changes, pay.gov is now mandated for use beginning Monday, July 6, 2015. Attorneys and firms requiring changes in business practices in order to effectively use pay.gov are encouraged to make such changes in order to comply with the revised rules beginning Monday, July 6, 2015. Information on system requirements is available in the CM/ECF Users Guide posted on the court website.

In the event pay.gov becomes inaccessible due to technical or other difficulties, the Clerk’s Office will publish guidance on how to proceed, depending on the circumstances of the system failure. Most commonly, disruptions in service a will be of limited duration and filers would simply use the current menu option in CM/ECF that allows filing of a new matter without paying a fee. The fee would then be paid when pay.gov access is restored. Rule 52(d) allows up to 14 days for the payment of required fees before the Clerk of Court would dismiss a matter for failure to pay a fee. Further information will be included in the CM/ECF Users Guide and on the court website.

In its order of December 30, 2014, granting a petition for rehearing en banc in the matter of SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products (case number 13-1564), the court invited the views of amici curiae. Any amicus briefs may be filed without consent and leave of court. The court’s order is available via PACER.

Beginning on Monday, January 5, 2015, the Federal Circuit's Clerk's Office will be open from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.  The CM/ECF Helpdesk (ecfhelp@cafc.uscourts.gov) will also be staffed during these same hours.

In compliance with Judicial Conference Policy on access to case information, the Daily Disposition Sheet listing orders and opinions will be discontinued as of December 29, 2014. All opinions and orders are issued by the Court through PACER between 9 and 11 a.m. weekdays and are publicly available through PACER in accordance with the Judicial Conference Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule. Opinions and selected orders are also available free of charge on the court's web site, at http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/opinions-orders/search/report.html. Instructions for accessing opinions and orders through the website and PACER are available here.