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United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Notices & Announcements

Notice of Continued Extension of Access Restrictions for the National Courts Building

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 April 30, 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 (pdf).

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 April 30, 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.

Limited CM/ECF Availability on Saturday, March 27, 2021

Due to an extended maintenance window for the court’s electronic filing system (CM/ECF), the CM/ECF system will be unavailable on Saturday, March 27, 2021, from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Eastern).  While the system may be available for intermittent accessing of documents, filers should not attempt to file any new documents with the court during this maintenance window.

Circuit Judge Wallach to Assume Senior Status on May 31, 2021

The Honorable Evan J. Wallach has announced he will retire from active service and assume senior status, effective May 31, 2021.

Judge Wallach has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit since November 18, 2011, following his appointment by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the Senate.  Prior to his appointment, Judge Wallach served for sixteen years as a judge of the U.S. Court of International Trade.  Judge Wallach’s full biography is available on the court’s website.

Notice of Continued Extension of Access Restrictions for the National Courts Building

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 March 31, 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 (pdf).

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 March 31, 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.

Expanded Availability of Oral Argument Live Audio Streaming

As part of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the court will begin offering a new live audio streaming program for select oral argument panels starting with the March 2021 court session.  Beginning in the March 2021 court session, one scheduled argument panel will have daily live streaming audio on the Federal Circuit’s new YouTube channel (external).  Beginning in the April 2021 court session, the court anticipates that all oral arguments will be live audio streamed online while the courthouse remains closed to the public. 

For the March 2021 session, Panels B, E, H, K, and N will only be available through the online audio stream. Live audio access for all other scheduled argument panels will continue through the existing telephonic conference process that has been in effect since April 2020.  

Connection information for all panels is posted on the court’s website by 9:00 a.m. (Eastern) on the first day of the month’s session.  Recordings of all arguments continue to be available on the court’s website after the conclusion of arguments each day.  The full notice is available on the court’s website (pdf).

Operating Status for February 18, 2021

Due to inclement weather in the National Capital Region, the Clerk’s Office will be inaccessible for purposes of receiving paper filings, mail and courier deliveries, and night box submissions on Thursday, February 18, 2021.  

For purposes of Federal Circuit Rule 26(a)(3), the deadlines for nonelectronic filings and submissions due on February 18, 2021, will be deemed as timely filed if received on Friday, February 19, 2021.  Electronic filing access and deadlines are unaffected.

The Clerk’s Office will continue to provide public services today by telephone and email. Telework-ready employees should follow their office’s policies.

Notice Amending Prior Notices Concerning In-Person Filings and Submissions

Consistent with the prior Order Modifying Procedures for Nonelectronic Filing (pdf) (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, NW, 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, NW, Washington, D.C. 20439.

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