This morning, and no doubt related to the election tomorrow, the Federal Circuit issued a Notice of Modified Procedures for Nonelectronic Filing and Submissions. In the Notice, the court announced that, effective tomorrow morning and until further notice, the Clerk’s Office is suspending access to its night drop box as well as in-person paper filings and submissions in favor of filing through the U.S. Postal Service. Here is the text of the announcement and a link to the relevant administrative order.
Effective 12:01 a.m. (Eastern) on November 3, 2020, the Clerk’s Office is suspending access to its night drop box on H Street, NW, as well as in-person receipt of paper filings and submissions by couriers, third-party carriers, and members of the public. Instead, parties and filers must submit any paper filings or submissions through the U.S. Postal Service to Clerk of Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 717 Madison Place, N.W., Washington, DC 20439. This modified procedure remains in effect until further notice from the Clerk of Court.
The Clerk’s Office remains accessible for purposes of Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 26 and Federal Circuit Rule 26 and the Clerk’s Office is continuing to provide all other services. Electronic filing access and deadlines, as well as any scheduled hearings, are unaffected. The full administrative order is available on the court’s website.