Internal Operating Procedures - page 4

DEFINITIONS
Author Judge.
The Judge responsible for drafting an order, memorandum decision, or
opinion of the Court is the author Judge.
Board of Judges (BOJ).
The BOJ is composed of all Judges serving in regular active
service.
Case.
A case is a matter pending or decided by the Court, based on the context of its use
herein.
Central Legal Staff (CLS).
The personnel responsible for conferencing with the litigating
parties and preparing screening and other memoranda for the Court constitute the CLS.
Clerk.
The Clerk is the Clerk of the Court.
Editors.
The Editors are the Court's editors, who maintain the Court's
Style Manual
and
review all final decisions of the Court for style and format consistency.
En Banc.
All eligible and participating Judges serving in regular active service, acting on a
matter together, constitute the En Banc Court.
Issuance.
Issuance occurs when an action of the Court is posted by the Clerk on the Court's
docket.
Judge.
A Judge is any person appointed by the President of the United States, by and with
the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate, to serve on the Court. Except where context indicates
otherwise, "Judge" as used herein includes a Judge serving in regular active service and/or a
Senior Judge.
Memorandum Decision.
A memorandum decision is a nonprecedential final decision of the
Court, issued by a single Judge.
Opinion.
An opinion is a decision of the Court issued by a panel or en banc. Unless
otherwise noted, an opinion is a precedential decision of the Court.
Order.
An order is any direction or ruling of the Court.
Order of Precedence.
The Chief Judge shall have precedence over the Judges of the Court,
and the other Judges serving in regular active service shall have precedence based on the date of
their original commissions. A Judge serving in regular active service shall have precedence over
a Senior Judge. Senior Judges shall have precedence among the Senior Judges based on the date
of their original commissions.
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