Order Extending Restricted Access to the Courthouse through February 28, 2021

On January 15, 2021, the Chief Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of Federal Claims issued a joint administrative order extending restricted access to the National Courts Building through February 28, 2021.

The full order can be found here.

Order Modifying Procedures for Paper Filings

Due to conditions in the vicinity of the National Courts Building in Washington, D.C. that may impact pedestrian and vehicular access for in-person, courier, or third-party commercial carriers, the court is modifying procedures for paper filings from January 14-21, 2021.

For more information, please see the General Order.

 

General Order: Procedures for the Filing, Service, and Management of Highly Sensitive Documents

In response to recent disclosures of wide-spread breaches of both private sector and government computer systems, federal courts are immediately adding new security procedures to protect highly sensitive documents filed with the courts. The court finds that pursuant to Rule 5(d)(3)(A) of the Rules of the United States Court of Federal Claims (RCFC), good cause exists to require all parties to file certain highly sensitive documents outside of the court’s electronic filing system. Therefore, effective immediately and until further order of the court, ...

For more information, please see the General Order.

 

The United States Court of Federal Claims Will Be Closed on Monday, January 18, 2021 and Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The United States Court of Federal Claims will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, in observance of Inauguration Day. See RCFC 77(c)(1) and RCFC 6(a)(6).

 

Thompson M. Dietz took the oath of office on December 29, 2020, as a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims

Thompson M. Dietz took the oath of office on December 29, 2020, as a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. President Donald J. Trump nominated Judge Dietz on July 2, 2020, the United States Senate confirmed him on December 19, 2020, and the President appointed him to a 15-year term on December 22, 2020. Chief Judge Eleni Roumel administered the oath of office.

For Judge Dietz's biography, please click here.

 

Stephen S. Schwartz took the oath of office on December 23, 2020, as a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Stephen S. Schwartz took the oath of office on December 23, 2020, as a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. President Donald J. Trump nominated Judge Schwartz on June 7, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed him on December 8, 2020, and the President appointed him to a 15-year term on December 22, 2020. Chief Judge Eleni Roumel administered the oath of office.

For Judge Schwartz's biography, please click here.

 

Zachary N. Somers took the oath of office on December 23, 2020, as a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Zachary N. Somers took the oath of office on December 23, 2020, as a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. President Donald J. Trump nominated Judge Somers on September 8, 2020, the United States Senate confirmed him on December 17, 2020, and the President appointed him to a 15-year term on December 22, 2020. Chief Judge Eleni Roumel administered the oath of office.

For Judge Somers' biography, please click here.

Kathryn C. Davis took the oath of office on December 18, 2020, as a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Kathryn C. Davis took the oath of office on December 18, 2020, as a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. President Donald J. Trump nominated Judge Davis on February 4, 2020, the United States Senate confirmed her on December 2, 2020, and the President appointed her to a 15-year term on December 16, 2020. Chief Judge Eleni Roumel administered the oath of office.

For Judge Davis' biography, please click here.

Order Continuing Suspension of Paper Filing Requirements in Pro Se Cases (Amended)

Based on declared public health emergencies impacting Washington, D.C. and the National Capital Region, and ongoing efforts to mitigate community transmission and the impact of COVID-19, the United States Court of Federal Claims continues to take steps to limit the number of court personnel who are required to be available to process filings submitted through the U.S. Postal Service, by messenger, or in the court's night box.

For more information, please see the General Order.

Vaccine Petitions – Electronic Service on Secretary of Health and Human Services

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, petitioners may, until further notice, serve the Department of Health and Human Services with petitions electronically. Contact Carole Marks at HHS for instructions.

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