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Pursuant to the court's March 20, 2020 Administrative Order, the Clerk's Office will be reducing public assistance by phone as of Monday, March 23, 2020.  Instead, members of the public are asked to contact the Clerk's Office by email using one of two new email addresses.  For inquiries about pending cases, contact casequestions@cafc.uscourts.gov.  For all other inquiries, please contact publicinformation@cafc.uscourts.gov.  By modifiying this procedure, it will allow Clerk's Office staff to better manage the increased call volume with reduced on-site court staff.  Please review the full notice for additional information.

Pursuant to the court's March 20, 2020 Administrative Order, the Clerk's Office has implemented modified filing and service procedures for parties appearing without counsel ("pro se").  The Notice of Modified Filing Procedures for Pro Se Parties provides for how pro se parties can now submit all documents by email or facsimile.  The Notice of Modified Service Procedures for Pro Se Parties provides for how pro se parties can now consent to service by email.  These procedures are available on a new section of the court's website: Special Temporary Procedures for Pro Se Parties.  

As part of the Federal Circuit's efforts to continue court operations in response to ongoing public health emergencies, the court is implementing additional temporary modifications to court operations, including suspending the filing of certain paper copies, establishing modified filing and service procedures for parties appearing pro se, authorizing changes to how the Clerk's Office provides assistance to the public, and providing additional guidance to counsel concerning the scheduling of future court hearings.  For additional information, please review the administrative order issued today, March 20, 2020.

In light of national efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and in the interest of minimizing any unnecessary risk to all involved, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has decided to cancel the May 15, 2020 Judicial Conference and all related events, including the judges-only activities scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2020.   It is our hope to be able to reschedule this conference. 

All registration fees that have already been processed will be refunded. If you have not received your refund by the end of this month, please contact our office at judicialconference@cafc.uscourts.gov.

If you reserved a room at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, we are requesting that you please contact the hotel directly (800) 228-9290 and cancel your reservation as soon as possible.

The Federal Circuit sincerely appreciates the interest expressed by so many in attending our conference and the contributions of everyone who worked hard to prepare an outstanding program this year. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we look forward to seeing you at a future Judicial Conference!  


Based on current public health guidance and efforts to continue to minimize community transmission of COVID-19 within Washington, D.C. and the National Capital Region, the court has decided that all cases scheduled for argument during the April 2020 sitting will now be conducted by telephonic conference and no in-person hearings will be held.  Parties in all cases previously advised that in-person argument will receive an updated notice in their respective cases.  The court will continue to release same-day audio for all arguments on its website (available at http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/oral-argument-recordings).