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Based on declared public health emergencies impacting Washington, D.C. and the National Capital Region and ongoing efforts to mitigate community transmission and the impact of COVID-19, the Federal Circuit will be restricting public access to the National Courts Building complex, effective March 16, 2020, noon (Eastern).  These measures will help promote the safety and health of both court staff and members of the public conducting court business.  Both the full advisory and the administrative order are available on the court’s website

As part of the Federal Circuit’s response to public health guidance to minimize the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 in the United States, the court is proceeding with arguments scheduled for the April 2020 sitting as follows.  Some of the cases are being removed from the argument calendar and will be submitted on the briefs.  In cases remaining on the argument calendar, if counsel for either party is located outside the National Capital area, the argument will be conducted by telephonic conference at the date and time previously scheduled.  In cases scheduled for argument where counsel for both parties are local, as of now, the court plans to proceed with in-person argument as previously scheduled.  Parties in all cases will be notified individually as to how we plan to proceed in their case. 

According to established practice, the court will release same-day audio for all arguments on its website (available at http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/oral-argument-recordings).  The court will continue to provide updated information to litigants and the public as the situation develops.

The Federal Circuit continues to monitor the national and National Capital Area response and planning relating to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). At this time, the Federal Circuit is following recommended guidelines from public health officials and preparedness guidance from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.  Currently, there has been no adjustment in court operations.  The court will provide additional information to litigants and the public should there be a change to that status.

The Clerk’s Office phone support and public service counter will be unavailable in the National Courts Building on Thursday, March 12, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern).  During this period, only courier deliveries will be accepted at the Clerk's Office.  Electronic filing will remain available.

The Clerk’s Office is pleased to announce that, as of Friday, February 28, 2020, all public services, including counsel argument check-in and public filings and deliveries, have returned to fourth floor of the National Courts Building following an extended renovation period.  Counsel participating in the March court session should plan to check-in on the fourth floor.  All Clerk’s Office phone lines remain the same.

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