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In the event of inclement weather during the February 2021 court session, all arguing counsel and members of the public are advised that all telephonic hearings will proceed as scheduled regardless of any Office of Personnel Management operating status change impacting the National Capital Region.  [January 29, 2021]

Consistent with the prior Order Modifying Procedures for Nonelectronic Filing (Nov. 2, 2020), the Clerk’s Office is advising that paper filings and submissions are again available in-person through the night drop box on H Street, N.W., as well as by couriers, third-party commercial carriers, and members of the public.  While these options remain available, the Clerk’s Office continues to encourage the filing and submission of all paper documents 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. [January 29, 2021]

Due to conditions in the vicinity of the National Courts Building in Washington, D.C. that are impacting pedestrian and vehicular access for in-person, courier, or third-party commercial carriers, the Clerk's Office will be inaccessible for purposes of receiving paper filings, mail and courier deliveries, and night box submissions on Thursday, January 21, 2021.

For purposes of Federal Circuit Rule 26(a)(3), the deadlines for nonelectronic filings and submissions due on January 21 will be deemed as timely filed if received on Friday, January 22, 2021.  Electronic filing access and deadlines, as well as any scheduled hearings, are unaffected.

Consistent with the prior Order Modifying Procedures for Nonelectronic Filing (Nov. 2, 2020), the night drop box on H Street, NW will not be accessible during this period. [January 21, 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 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 February 28, 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 February 28, 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. [January 15, 2021]

The Clerk’s Office has updated the Federal Circuit’s Guide for Oral Argument, which can be found under Argument Resources.  The updated Guide includes minor procedural clarifications and designates new Access Coordinators, pursuant to The Guide for Judiciary Policy, vol. 5 § 255.40.  The Access Coordinators are responsible for coordinating auxiliary aids and services to participants in proceedings who have communication disabilities.  The full designation notice and information about accessibility accommodations during court sessions is available on the court’s website. [January 14, 2021]

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