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Announcements in 2015

The Clerk’s Office phone service and customer service counter in the National Courts Building will be closed on Thursday, December 17, 2015, from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. This closure does not affect electronic filing.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit proposes to amend its Rules. These amendments are subject to public notice and comment under 28 U.S.C. § 2071(b). The proposed amendments are extensive and include incorporating the Administrative Order on Electronic Case Filing and conforming changes throughout, as well as other changes. To facilitate public review and comment, a summary of changes is appended here. The summary is intended only as a general guide to the changes. The proposed amendments are available here and should be read in their entirety. The changes are presented in a track change format, with new material printed in underscored blue text and material proposed for deletion in red strike-through font. Reviewers may wish to note that the recent amendments to Rule 28(a)(12) and 28(f), and Rule 30(b)(4)(E), relating to the pagination and marking of appendices and supplemental appendices are final with an effective date of January 4, 2016. As such they are not presented as proposed amendments in this notice. Comments and suggested changes by members of the public should be submitted by email to chiefdeputyclerk@cafc.uscourts.gov with a subject line of: PROPOSED RULES COMMENTS. Please clearly indicate at the beginning of each comment the number of the rule being commented upon. Please also include a return email address for the person submitting the comment, if different from the address from which the email comment is sent. For members of the public that do not have access to email, comments and suggested changes may also be submitted by mail to: Proposed Rules Comments, Clerk of Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 717 Madison Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20439. All comments must be received by close of business on Monday, January 4, 2016.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has amended Federal Circuit Rules of Practice, Rule 28(a)(11) and 28(f) to require appendices, supplemental appendices and addendum material to be numbered using the abbreviation “Appx” or “SAppx” followed by the page number. A new subsection, Rule 30(b)(4)(E), has also been added to require the use of Bates numbering for all pages of an appendix or supplemental appendix. These rules shall apply to all appeals docketed on or after Monday, January 4, 2016.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 27, 2015, and on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015. Please see the administrative closing order here. The Clerk’s Office will also close at noon on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2015. Electronic filing and the night drop box for paper filing will both remain available until midnight for filings due December 31, 2015.

The Clerk’s Office customer service in the Federal Courts Building will be closed today, Friday, October 30, 2015 from noon until 1p.m. This closure does not affect electronic filing.