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As of 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on June 1, 2020, the Clerk's Office will be temporarily inaccessible for submitting paper filings, mail and courier deliveries, and night box submissions.  See Fed. R. App. P. 26(a). 

Electronic case filing remains available through CM/ECF and electronic filing deadlines remain in effect.  Paper filings and submissions due on June 1, 2020, will be deemed as timely filed if received by the next day the court is open to the public.   The Clerk’s Office will continue to provide services consistent with our previously announced modifications to public assistance.


Judge Alan D. Lourie has been selected to receive the prestigious 2020 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Federal Circuit.  This award is presented each year to a lawyer or judge nominated for their character and integrity in their life and in the legal profession.

As part of the Federal Circuit's efforts to continue court operations in response to ongoing public health emergencies and to provide greater predictability to counsel appearing before this court, the court has directed that in-person arguments have been suspended until further notice.  Cases set for argument after the June 2020 session will be argued telephonically unless counsel is notified by separate order that oral argument is unnecessary.  The Clerk's Office will otherwise continue scheduling cases on the court's calendar under existing procedures.  The full administrative order issued today, May 18, 2020, is available on the court's website (link). 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hold all oral arguments telephonically during the court’s June 2020 session. Given the continued public health restrictions and limits on public access to the courthouse, the court will also provide live audio access to such arguments, with access information available by 9:00 a.m. (Eastern) each day of argument on the court's website (link).  Arguing counsel in scheduled cases will receive additional instructions.  The full notice is available here.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit gives notice that it proposes to amend Federal Circuit Rules of Practice 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 25.1 (new rule), 26, 26.1, 27, 28, 28.1, 29, 30, 31, 32, 32.1, 33, 33.1, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 41, 45, 46, 47, 47.2, 47.3, 47.4, 47.5, 47.7, 47.9, 47.10, 47.12, 50, 52, 54, and the Federal Circuit Attorney Discipline Rules.  The full notice and a summary of proposed amendmentsa redlined copy of the proposed amendments, and a clean copy of the proposed amendments are available for public review on the court's website.  If adopted, the amendments would take effect on July 1, 2020.

Public comments must be received by the Clerk of Court on or before May 27, 2020, and may be submitted either by email to FederalCircuitRules@cafc.uscourts.gov or by mail to Proposed Rules Comments 2020, Clerk’s Office, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 717 Madison Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20439.  [April 24, 2020]