This morning the Federal Circuit issued a “Public Advisory Concerning the Federal Circuit’s April 2020 Sitting.” In it, the court announced that it was taking three different approaches to its cases scheduled for oral argument next month. Here are the details.
First, “[s]ome of the cases are being removed from the argument calendar and will be submitted on the briefs.”
Second, “if counsel for either party is located outside the National Capital area, the argument will be conducted by telephonic conference at the date and time previously scheduled.”
Third, “[i]n cases scheduled for argument where counsel for both parties are local, as of now, the court plans to proceed with in-person argument as previously scheduled.”
The court reported that it was taking these actions “[a]s part of the Federal Circuit’s response to public health guidance to minimize the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 in the United States.”