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The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit gives notice that it proposes to amend Federal Circuit Rules of Practice 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 25.1 (new rule), 26, 26.1, 27, 28, 28.1, 29, 30, 31, 32, 32.1, 33, 33.1, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 41, 45, 46, 47, 47.2, 47.3, 47.4, 47.5, 47.7, 47.9, 47.10, 47.12, 50, 52, 54, and the Federal Circuit Attorney Discipline Rules.  The full notice and a summary of proposed amendmentsa redlined copy of the proposed amendments, and a clean copy of the proposed amendments are available for public review on the court's website.  If adopted, the amendments would take effect on July 1, 2020.

Public comments must be received by the Clerk of Court on or before May 27, 2020, and may be submitted either by email to FederalCircuitRules@cafc.uscourts.gov or by mail to Proposed Rules Comments 2020, Clerk’s Office, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 717 Madison Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20439.  [April 24, 2020]

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hold all oral arguments telephonically during the court’s May 2020 session. Given the continued public health restrictions and limits on public access to the courthouse, the court will also provide live audio access to such arguments, with access information available by 9:00 a.m. (Eastern) each day of argument on the court's website (link).  The full notice is available here.

Public access information for live audio of the court's April 2020 Court Session will be available at this link by 9:00 a.m. (EDT) each day of argument.  Members of the media and the public can also access this information under the Announcements menu of the court's website.  After the end of each day's arguments, audio recordings of each argument will be available on the court's website (link).

Due to the declaration of public health emergencies in the National Capital Region, the court will be providing media and public access to the live audio of each panel scheduled for argument during the April 2020 session.  Access information for each panel will be posted on the court's website by 9:00 a.m. (EDT) each day of argument, with the conference lines available for connection starting at 9:15 a.m.  Recordings of all arguments will be posted on the court's website after the conclusion of arguments each day.  The full advisory is available here.  

The Clerk’s Office has received an increase in questions concerning service of documents outside of the court’s electronic filing system (CM/ECF) due to current public health guidance and restrictions that inhibit access to postal mail.  To assist counsel, the Clerk’s Office has issued new guidance on how counsel may accomplish service outside of CM/ECF, which is most frequently required when serving pro se parties or confidential materials.