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.

Administrative Order re: In-Person Proceedings

Upon consideration of current circumstances relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to supplement this court’s Order of March 16, 2020, the court has enacted some additional directives.

For more information, please see the General Order.

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Rules

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 2071(b) and 2503(b), the United States Court of Federal Claims hereby provides notice that it proposes to amend its rules and invites public comment on the proposed amendments.

For more information, please see the Official Notice.

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.

Educational Resources

Civics Resources for Quarantined Teachers, Parents, and Teens

If your community is under quaratine due to the COVID-19 virus, distance learning provides an avenue to keep both you and your homebound teen occupied. To help better understand the Federal Judiciary, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has created an educational page with links to videos and other materials on various civics related topics.

Online Tools Make Civics Accessible to Teachers, Parents, and Teens

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.

COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The United States Court of Federal Claims (USCFC) is actively monitoring new developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please click HERE for more information.

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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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