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United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Restricting Court Access to the National Courts Building Through August 31, 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 revising the restrictions and rules concerning access to the National Courts Building complex in Washington, D.C., effective July 31, 2021.  Courthouse access will continue to be limited to court staff and litigants, witnesses, and any other parties who will be physically present in the courthouse because of their participation in a scheduled hearing that day.  Additional 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) and modifies the court’s prior May 22, 2021 order (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 August 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.