The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will close early on Thursday, January 19, 2017, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Electronic filing and the night drop box for paper filing will both remain available until midnight for filings.

Various fees imposed by the Judicial Conference of the United States were revised effective December 3, 2016.  An updated fee schedule has been posted and is available here. The court has also updated Fed. Cir. R. 46(c) and Fed. Cir. R. 52(a)(3) to refer the reader to the online fee schedule.

Also, a reminder that the Court has implemented a system to permit electronic payment (Pay.gov) of Court fees in Case Management /Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF). Please refer to the Court’s CM/ECF web page for further information.

The Library, and the Clerk’s Office phone service and customer service counter in the National Courts Building will be closed on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. This closure does not affect electronic filing.

The Federal Circuit has revised its local rules and hereby provides those revisions along with amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP). Those rules, which are applicable to cases docketed on or after December 1, 2016, are available here.

The principal local rule revisions are in response to FRAP amendments that now measure most document lengths in terms of word counts instead of page counts and which revise some maximum permissible word counts. The court has revised its rules to indicate maximum permissible word counts for documents such as motions, petitions, and briefs, Leaving unchanged, however, those provisions permitting pro se petitioners to continue to adhere to page count limits.

The Federal Circuit has adopted the FRAP amendments in large part, except that the court retained the previous larger 14,000-14,000-7,000 word lengths for merits briefing. When filing a particular document, please refer to the pertinent FRAP provision and the local rule to determine the maximum permissible document length. When a local rule differs from the FRAP provision, the inapplicable language in the FRAP provision will be indicated in strikethrough text. When a rule requires that a document not exceed a certain word count length, counsel should indicate by certification at the end of the document that the document complies with the word limit (similar to the certification required for briefs).

For cases docketed between April 1, 2016 and November 30, 2016, the applicable rules are available here.

For cases docketed before April 1, 2016, the applicable rules are available here.

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has added an extra day of oral arguments in February, March, April, and May 2017 (the Monday after court week). Please click here for the updated court sessions calendar.


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