Order Extending Restricted Access to the Courthouse until October 19, 2020

On September 11, 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 extending restricted access to the National Courts Building until October 19, 2020.

The full order can be found here.

Notice of Adoption of Amendments to Rules

On July 13, 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 requiring face coverings in the National Courts Building until August 14, 2020.

Official Notice.

Order Requiring Face Coverings in the National Courts Building

On July 13, 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 requiring face coverings in the National Courts Building until August 14, 2020.

The full order can be found here.

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.

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. Providing pro se litigants with the ability to submit and be served with filings electronically will reduce the number of court staff required to process paper filings, which will minimize the risk to the health and safety of both court staff and the public conducting business with the court.

For more information, please see the General Order.

COVID-19 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.

For more information, please see the Administrative Order.

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Message from the Chief Judge

On behalf of myself and my colleagues, welcome to the website of the United States Court of Federal Claims. I am grateful to the President for appointing me to serve as the chief judge of the court, an institution that has been at the center of my legal career––as a law clerk to then-Chief Judge Loren A. Smith, litigator, special master, and judge––for over 30 years. Read more

Message From the Chief Special Master

On behalf of the seven other special masters and staff attorneys, law clerks, and administrative staff who make up the Office of Special Masters, welcome! The Vaccine Program, as it is colloquially known, came into existence more than 30 years ago after an Act of Congress, and seeks to provide an expedited and fair means of adjudicating claims that a vaccine has caused an injury. Like the Court of Federal Claims itself, we at “OSM” are always mindful of our role as a tribunal that exists to permit citizens to bring claims against the United States. In the effort to ensure that all Vaccine Act claims receive fair consideration, we ultimately seek to serve the petitioners who bring these claims. Read more. For Chief Special Master Corcoran’s biography, please click here.

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