The Clerk’s Office provides the following guidelines to assist members of the media when contacting the Federal Circuit.
- The Clerk’s Office cannot provide information on pending or closed cases—including cases proceeding to the U.S. Supreme Court or returning to one of our originating tribunals—beyond what is available on the public docket on PACER (external). As a matter of policy, no additional statements on cases beyond what is stated in the court’s opinion or other public documents are provided.
- When requesting case data information, please first review the information already available on our Reports and Statistics page. If the information you would like is not provided, please submit a request, which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please note that the Clerk’s Office only provides aggregated case data and that some large or unusual data requests that require excess staff resources may not be accommodated.
- If you are interested in getting any statement on the record, please provide more than one hour’s notice to allow us to review the request. Note than same-day requests after 4:30 p.m. (Eastern) and non-emergency requests submitted on days the court is in session are unlikely to receive a response until the next day.
- Members of the media, particularly those new to covering the Federal Circuit or the federal judiciary, may find it helpful to review A Journalist’s Guide to the Federal Courts (external).
- Since March 2012, case information and documents are available through PACER (external). Members of the media may be interested in registering for Public Interested Person account access. Opinions are docketed between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. daily and are posted on the court’s website at 11:00 a.m. More detailed information about the different stages in the life of an appeal is available in the Case Information section of the website.