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The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has incorporated the Administrative Order regarding electronic filing dated May 17,2012, into revised Rule of Practice 25.  The Rule is effective for all cases opened or reinstated on or after April 1,2016.  The Administrative Order continues to apply to all cases opened or reinstated prior to April 1, 2016, and it can be found in the archive of the Rules Tab on the court website.


The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will go live on the next generation of the national case management and electronic case filing system, NextGen CM/ECF, on March 19, 2018.  For additional information and updates, visit http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/nextgen


Login to E-file (CM/ECF) Version 5.2

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Firefox Browser Compatibility Issue

As of March 7, 2017, updated Firefox browsers may not work with the Appellate CM/ECF site. Please use Internet Explorer or install the Firefox ESR 32-bit version. Instructions for installing the ESR 32-bit version (and the link to it) are in the document attached below.

Firefox ESR Setup Instructions

Software Requirements

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