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Federal Circuit Amends Rules of Practice Effective December 1, 2013

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.

Fee Increases Approved by The Judicial Conference of the United States Effective December 1, 2013

The Judicial Conference of the United States approved changes to the miscellaneous fee schedule for courts of appeals pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1913 effective December 1, 2013.  Click here for a list of the Federal Circuit's fees.
Also, a reminder that the Court has implemented a system to permit electronic payment ( of Court fees in Case Management /Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF). Please refer to the Court’s CM/ECF web page for further information.

New Form Available: Certificate of Service for CM/ECF

Form 30, Certificate of Service, is now available for e-filers to enable you to meet the certificate of service requirements.

Lawyers' Lounge Open for Court Week

The court has established a Lawyers' Lounge on the first floor of the Tayloe House that will be open to counsel each morning during court week.  See this flyer for more information.