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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). 


Based on declared public health emergencies impacting Washington, D.C. and the National Capital Region and ongoing efforts to mitigate community transmission and the impact of COVID-19, the Federal Circuit will be restricting public access to the National Courts Building complex, effective March 16, 2020, noon (Eastern).  These measures will help promote the safety and health of both court staff and members of the public conducting court business.  Both the full advisory and the administrative order are available on the court’s website

As part of the Federal Circuit’s response to public health guidance to minimize the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 in the United States, the court is proceeding with arguments scheduled for the April 2020 sitting as follows.  Some of the cases are being removed from the argument calendar and will be submitted on the briefs.  In cases remaining on the argument calendar, if counsel for either party is located outside the National Capital area, the argument will be conducted by telephonic conference at the date and time previously scheduled.  In cases scheduled for argument where counsel for both parties are local, as of now, the court plans to proceed with in-person argument as previously scheduled.  Parties in all cases will be notified individually as to how we plan to proceed in their case. 

According to established practice, the court will release same-day audio for all arguments on its website (available at http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/oral-argument-recordings).  The court will continue to provide updated information to litigants and the public as the situation develops.

The Federal Circuit continues to monitor the national and National Capital Area response and planning relating to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). At this time, the Federal Circuit is following recommended guidelines from public health officials and preparedness guidance from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.  Currently, there has been no adjustment in court operations.  The court will provide additional information to litigants and the public should there be a change to that status.