Announcements

Order Restricting Access to the National Courts Building until August 14, 2020

On June 26, 2020, 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 restricting access to the National Courts Building until August 14, 2020.

The full order can be found here.

Administrative Order re: In-Person Proceedings (Updated June 5, 2020)

On June 5, 2020, Chief Judge Margaret Sweeney amended the previous Order of May 12, 2020, extending the suspension of in-person proceedings until July 6, 2020.

You can read the full order here.

 

 

Court Closed through Monday, June 8, 2020

The National Courts Building will be inaccessible and the United States Court of Federal Claims will therefore be closed through Monday, June 8, 2020. For purposes of computation of time under Rule 6 of the Rules of the United States Court of Federal Claims (RCFC), Friday, June 5, 2020 and Monday, June 8, 2020 shall be treated in the same manner as a legal holiday. See RCFC 6(a)(6).

For more information, please see the General Order.

Prohibition on the Use of Zoom with Judiciary Resources

In accordance with guidance from the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, no federal judiciary resources — including court networks and court-issued laptops and devices — may be utilized for using Zoom.  Information on video conferencing tools available for conducting court proceedings can be provided by the presiding judicial officer.

For more information, please see the General Order.

Administrative Order re: In-Person Proceedings

Upon consideration of current circumstances relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to supplement this court’s Order of March 16, 2020, the court has enacted some additional directives.

For more information, please see the General Order.

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Rules

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 2071(b) and 2503(b), the United States Court of Federal Claims hereby provides notice that it proposes to amend its rules and invites public comment on the proposed amendments.

For more information, please see the Official Notice.

 

Updated Vaccine Guidelines

The Guidelines for Practice Under the National Vaccine Injury Program have been updated.

The updated document can be accessed here: New Vaccine Guidelines.

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.

Suspending Paper Filing Requirements in Pro Se Cases

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, there is an immediate need for the United States Court of Federal Claims to take steps to limit the number of court personnel who are required to be available to process filings submitted through the U.S. Mail, by messenger, or in the court’s night box.

Public Access Restriction

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, there is an immediate need for the United States Court of Federal Claims to restrict public access to the Howard T. Markey National Courts Building. These restrictions will be in place as a temporary measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to minimize the risk to the health and safety of both court staff and the public conducting business with the court.

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