Order Extending Restricted Access to the Courthouse through April 30, 2021

On March 25, 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 April 30, 2021.

The full order can be found here.

Amended 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 Amended General Order.

 

Message from Chief Judge Kaplan

I am honored and humbled that the President has designated me to serve as Chief Judge of the Court of Federal Claims. I want to thank Judge Roumel for her outstanding service as Chief through a very challenging period of time and for her friendship and support. Fortunately, Judge Roumel isn't going anywhere, and it is my intention to rely on her expertise and that of my colleagues and the rest of the Court family as I begin my tenure as Chief Judge.

Message from the Outgoing Chief Judge

It has been an honor to serve as the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Leading this Court and working with the exceptional staff of the Clerk's Office, especially during these extraordinary times, has been a special privilege. I congratulate my friend and colleague, Judge Elaine Kaplan, on her designation to serve as our Court's newest Chief Judge and wish her all the best in her new position.

President Biden designates Elaine D. Kaplan as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims

On March 2, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. designated Elaine D. Kaplan as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims.

For Chief Judge Kaplan's 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.

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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