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The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be closed on Thursday, December 24, 2020, in addition to the federal holiday of Friday, December 25, 2020.  For purposes of computation of time and motions to enlarge time under Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 26 and Federal Circuit Rule 26, December 24, 2020, will be considered a "legal holiday."  The full order is available on the court's website.

 

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2071(e) and Federal Circuit Rule 47(b), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued an emergency amendment to Federal Circuit Rule 15(f). The amended rule goes into effect immediately on an interim basis and will become final on January 31, 2021, absent additional action by the court.  Public comments to the Clerk of Court are due on or before January 8, 2021.  The full notice and order are available on the court's website. [Dec. 9, 2020]
 

An updated version of the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice is now available on the court’s website.  The update incorporates the December 1, 2020 amendments to Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure 35 and 40, which do not impact the Federal Circuit’s local rules or procedures.

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1913, the Judicial Conference of the United States has approved inflationary increases to various miscellaneous court fees, effective December 1, 2020.  An updated fee schedule is available on our website.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of Federal Claims have entered a new joint order extending their prior administrative order of June 26, 2020, concerning access to the National Courts Building complex in Washington, D.C.   Effective immediately, building access will continue to remain limited to court staff through January 24, 2021; however, requests for access will still be handled on a case-by-case basis when submitted in writing at least 24 hours ahead of time.  The full administrative order is available on the court's website.

Requests for access relating to Federal Circuit business or spaces within the National Courts Building may be submitted in writing to the Circuit Executive's Office at FSO_helpdesk@cafc.uscourts.gov. These restrictions will remain in effect through January 24, 2021, unless modified sooner. 

To review ongoing updates and information about the Federal Circuit's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please go to the court's COVID-19 information page. [November 20, 2020]

 

Effective 12:01 a.m. (Eastern) on November 3, 2020, the Clerk's Office is suspending access to its night drop box on H Street, NW, as well as in-person receipt of paper filings and submissions by couriers, third-party carriers, and members of the public.  Instead, parties and filers must submit any paper filings or submissions through the U.S. Postal Service to Clerk of Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 717 Madison Place, N.W., Washington, DC 20439.  This modified procedure remains in effect until further notice from the Clerk of Court. 

The Clerk’s Office remains accessible for purposes of Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 26 and Federal Circuit Rule 26 and the Clerk’s Office is continuing to provide all other services. Electronic filing access and deadlines, as well as any scheduled hearings, are unaffected.  The full administrative order is available on the court's website

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