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Starting with the September 2021 court sitting, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will resume in-person arguments and has issued necessary protocols that will govern appearances for that sitting and future sittings until further notice.  These Protocols for In-Person Argument, as well as a new administrative order implementing these changes, are available on the court’s website. 

Pursuant to Administrative Order 2021-10, the Clerk’s Office gives notice that nonelectronic filings and materials may be submitted through the U.S. Postal Service or third-party commercial carriers, or they may be deposited in the night drop box on H Street, N.W.  In-person filings inside the courthouse remain unavailable. See Administrative Order 2021-09.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be closed on Friday, June 18, 2021, in observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day, pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 26(a)(6).  For purposes of computation of time and motions to enlarge time under Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and Federal Circuit Rules, June 18, 2021, is a “legal holiday.” All filing deadlines for Friday, June 18 are now due on Monday, June 21, 2021. [June 17, 2021]

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hold its next Judicial Conference on Friday, April 1, 2022 at the JW Marriott Washington, DC. Morning sessions will include moderated panels composed of judges from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and judges and officials from tribunals within the Federal Circuit’s jurisdiction.

Chief Judge Kimberly A. Moore has appointed the following new members to the Advisory Council for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Deanne Maynard (Chair), Claudia Burke, Alexander Canizares, Adam Keser, Monica Lateef, Melissa Patterson, and Katherine Smith.  These appointments are for terms of three years and are effective May 22, 2021.  The full announcement is available on the court’s website. [May 24, 2021]

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of Federal Claims have entered a new joint order modifying public access restrictions to the National Courts Building complex in Washington, D.C.  Effective May 24, 2021, courthouse access is now limited to court staff and litigants, witnesses, and any other parties who will be physically present in the courthouse because of their participation in a scheduled hearing that day.  Additional 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 order further provides for health and safety protocols for individuals while in the courthouse.  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 June 30, 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. [May 22, 2021]