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Rule 1: Scope of Rules

(a) Scope. These Rules, as supplemented by the E-Rules specifically applicable to submissions for the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system, govern practice and procedure in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (the Court), a court of national jurisdiction. The E-Rules are on our website at www.uscourts.cavc.gov.


(b) Effect on Court's Jurisdiction. Neither these Rules nor the E-Rules extend or limit the jurisdiction of the Court.


(c) CM/ECF / Non-CM/ECF Electronic Filing. Absent a waiver from the Clerk of the Court (Clerk), filing through the CM/ECF system is mandatory for all representatives (as defined by Rule 46). See E-Rules 2 and 3. Represented parties who have registered to participate in filing through CM/ECF are called CM/ECF Users. For CM/ECF Users, if there is any conflict between these Rules and the E-Rules, the E- Rules apply.


Self-represented parties and others exempted by the Court from filing through CM/ECF are called Non-CM/ECF Users. Non-CM/ECF Users may submit documents electronically by email or facsimile, if properly formatted. See Rule 25(b) (Method and Timeliness). Where applicable in these Rules, the corresponding E-Rule has been cited.

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