Chief Special Master Dorsey to step down as chief special master effective September 30, 2019

On September 1, 2015, I was designated Chief Special Master by the Court and have had the honor and privilege of holding that title for four years.  After thoughtful consideration, I have informed Chief Judge Sweeney of my desire to step down as chief, and to return to the position of special master effective at the end of this fiscal year, September 30, 2019.  I am extremely grateful for the kindness shown to me and the support for the Office of Special Masters and its mission during my tenure as chief.


Court Solicitation of Personal Information
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CM/ECF Inaccessible August 23, 2019

By order of the Chief Judge, to facilitate the installation of the court's upgraded electronic filing system (NextGen CM/ECF), the United States Court of Federal Claims' electronic filing system will be inaccessible as of 12:00 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, August 23, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. (EDT) on Monday, August 26, 2019.

19.07.30 Chief Judge Sweeney's General Order

Ryan T. Holte took the oath of office on July 26, 2019, as Judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Ryan T. Holte took the oath of office on July 26, 2019, as Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims.  Judge Holte was nominated by President Trump on September 28, 2017, confirmed by the Senate on June 5, 2019, and appointed by the President to a 15-year term on July 11, 2019.  The oath of office was administered by Senior Judge Loren A. Smith.

For Judge Holte’s biography, please click here




Please save the date for the Court's November 14, 2019 Judicial Conference

Please save the date for the court's 30th annual Judicial Conference on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Click here for more information.


Richard A. Hertling

Richard A. Hertling was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as a judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims in June 2019.  Born and raised in New York City, he graduated from Brown University and received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.  He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.