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Due to the delayed opening of the Court, the Daily Disposition Sheet will be released at Noon today.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fededral Circuit will open 11:00am on Monday, December 9, 2013, due to the inclement weather situation in Washington, DC.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has revised its Mandatory Mediation Program as of December 6, 2013. The new Federal Circuit Rule 33.1 and the revised Guidelines, which provide for an expanded use of volunteer mediators, are accessible on the Mediation page.

The Supreme Court adopted amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, effective December 1, 2013. Pertinent to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit are the amendments to Fed. R. App. 28 and Fed. R. App. 28.1. Those amendments delete the requirements that briefs have separate sections identifying the statement of the case and the statement of facts. Those requirements will now be met by a section of the appellant's principal brief including "a statement of the case setting out the facts relevant to the issues." Fed. R. App. P. 28(a)(6). An appellee's or cross-appellant's principal brief may include a statement of the case if the appellee is dissatisfied with the appellant's statement, and the requirement of a separately labeled statement of facts in the appellee's or cross-appellant's principal brief is eliminated. Fed. R. App. P. 28(b)(3); Fed. R. App. P. 28.1(c)(3)(C). Conforming changes will be made to the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice.

A copy of the amendments to  Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure is available here. The conforming changes to the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice are available here. All revised rules are effective December 1, 2013.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit proposes to amend its mediation program by adopting Federal Circuit Rule 33.1 and revising the Mediation Guidelines. These amendments are subject to public notice and comment under 28 U.S.C. § 2071(b).  New Federal Circuit Rule 33.1 is appended here.  The revised Guidelines are appended here.  Both are posted for public notice and comment. The Guidelines have been extensively revised and so should be read in their entirety.  Comments and suggested changes by members of the public should be submitted using the "Format for Proposing Changes to Federal Circuit Rules" attached here. Comments and suggested changes should be sent by email to:Proposed Rules Comments. All comments must be received by close of business on Thursday, December 5, 2013.

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