Notices & Announcements

Notice of Proposed Amendments to the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2071(b) and Federal Circuit Rule 47(a), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit gives notice that it proposes to amend Federal Circuit Rules of Practice 26, 30, 31, 33, 33.1, 34, 39, and 47.6 and the Practice Notes to Rules 34, 42, 47.5, and 47.6.  The proposed amendments are available on the court’s website. If adopted, the amendments would take effect on March 1, 2023.  On that date, the court may also implement previously deferred amendments.  Please refer to the court’s notice issued November 17, 2022.

Public comments must be received by the Clerk of Court on or before February 21, 2023, and may be submitted by email or by mail to Proposed Rules Comments 2023, Clerk’s Office, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 717 Madison Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20439.

Updated Court Session Calendars

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has approved updates to the 2022-2023 session calendar for July and adopted the new 2023-2024 session calendar. Both calendars are available on the court’s website.

Service Availability for December 14, 2022

On December 14, 2022, the Clerk’s Office and Circuit Library will be temporarily unavailable for public services and support from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern).

Updated Federal Circuit Rules of Practice

An updated version of the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice is now available on the court’s website (pdf).  The update incorporates the December 1, 2022 amendments to Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure 25 and 42, which do not impact the Federal Circuit’s local rules or procedures.

Notice of Deferral of Adoption of Federal Circuit Rules of Practice

In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 2071, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit gave notice of proposed amendments to the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice on September 2, 2022, with an anticipated effective date of December 1, 2022.  In light of received public comments, the Federal Circuit is now deferring the adoption of those proposed amendments until a later date.  Instead, on December 1, 2022, the court will post only a revised version of the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice that incorporates new amendments to Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure 25 and 42, which do not impact this court’s local rules or procedures.

Notice of Updated National Courts Building Protocols

Effective November 10, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will no longer require masks to be worn when entering the National Courts Building and connecting buildings.

The full order is available on the court’s website.

Public Advisory for Federal Circuit’s November Session in Philadelphia

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is sitting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in addition to its regular session in Washington, D.C., as part of its November 2022 session.  The full schedule is available on the court’s website.

Due to space occupancy limitations, attendance for the arguments scheduled at area law schools for November 1st and 2nd will be prioritized in favor of students attending the respective institutions as determined by the staff of the law schools.  The court’s arguments scheduled for November 3rd at the James A. Byrne U.S. District Courthouse in Philadelphia are open to the general public.

The audio of each day’s arguments will be made available on the court’s website after each day’s arguments conclude.

The full notice is available on the court’s website (pdf).