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Sharon Prost
Chief Judge

Daniel E. O’Toole
Circuit Executive
& Clerk of Court

Announcements

NOTICE OF FINAL RULE CHANGE

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has amended Federal Circuit Rules of Practice and Procedure 46(c) and 52(a) and (e) to require the mandatory use of pay.gov when attorneys are paying fees to the court. Additions to the rules are noted in blue print; deletions are noted in strikeout print.

Pro se litigants are unaffected by these rule changes.

Pay.gov has been available for optional use since September of 2013. As a result of these rule changes, pay.gov is now mandated for use beginning Monday, July 6, 2015. Attorneys and firms requiring changes in business practices in order to effectively use pay.gov are encouraged to make such changes in order to comply with the revised rules beginning Monday, July 6, 2015. Information on system requirements is available in the CM/ECF Users Guide posted on the court website.

In the event pay.gov becomes inaccessible due to technical or other difficulties, the Clerk’s Office will publish guidance on how to proceed, depending on the circumstances of the system failure. Most commonly, disruptions in service a will be of limited duration and filers would simply use the current menu option in CM/ECF that s filing of a new matter without paying a fee. The fee would then be paid when pay.gov access is restored. Rule 52(d) allows up to 14 days for the payment of required fees before the Clerk of Court would dismiss a matter for failure to pay a fee. Further information will be included in the CM/ECF Users Guide and on the court website.

 

THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT INVITES AMICI CURIAE PARTICIPATION

In its order of December 30, 2014, granting a petition for rehearing en banc in the matter of SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products (case number 13-1564), the court invited the views of amici curiae. Any amicus briefs may be filed without consent and leave of court. The court’s order is available via PACER.

   

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CLERK'S OFFICE CHANGING ITS HOURS OF OPERATION EFFECTIVE MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015

Beginning on Monday, January 5, 2015, the Federal Circuit's Clerk's Office will be open from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.  The CM/ECF Helpdesk ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) will also be staffed during these same hours.

   

FEDERAL CIRCUIT WILL DISCONTINUE ISSUANCE OF THE DAILY DISPOSITION SHEET (REVISED 12/19/2014)

In compliance with Judicial Conference Policy on access to case information, the Daily Disposition Sheet listing orders and opinions will be discontinued as of December 29, 2014. All opinions and orders are issued by the Court through PACER between 9 and 11 a.m. weekdays and are publicly available through PACER in accordance with the Judicial Conference Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule. Opinions and selected orders are also available free of charge on the court's web site, at http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/opinions-orders/search/report.html. Instructions for accessing opinions and orders through the website and PACER are available here.

   

FEDERAL CIRCUIT ISSUES NEW PRACTICE NOTES CONCERNING EXPEDITED APPEALS

New Practice Notes to accompany Rules 4, 15, and 27 are available here.

   

CM/ECF MAINTENANCE WINDOW NOTICE

The CM/ECF system may be unavailable on the third Wednesday of each month* from approximately 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm EST for system updates and regular maintenance. We recommend that you do not attempt any CM/ECF transactions until the system maintenance is completed. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

(*The July 2015 and June 2016 maintenance windows will be the fourth Wednesday of the month).

   

PACER ACCESS TO PRE-2012 CASE INFORMATION

Access to case information and documents in cases docketed prior to March 1, 2012 is now available on PACER. Using our “Search Cases Filed Before March 1, 2012” link, you again have access to cases filed from 1996 through February 2012. Case information and documents docketed after March 1, 2012 are available through CM/ECF PACER. Applicable PACER fees apply to both data sources.

Before searching for a case from the “Search Cases Filed Before March 1, 2012” link, check CM/ECF PACER. If the case is found in CM/ECF PACER, that source will have up-to-date information. The “Search Cases Filed Before March 1, 2012” link only contains information docketed prior to March 1, 2012 and it is not updated.

   

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