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Updated Operational Status

as of March 18, 2020

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Updated Operational Status (posted March 18, 2020):


Due to public health concerns associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, oral arguments previously scheduled through April 20, 2020, have been cancelled, subject to rescheduling in the future as the business of the Court permits.

For scheduled arguments beginning on April 21, 2020, the Court is making plans to hear arguments via teleconference. Counsel and Judges will dial into a previously arranged conference, and a recording of the argument will be posted to our website. To the extent possible, we will make provisions for interested observers to join the conference live in a muted connection. Further details will be shared with the parties and posted to the Court’s website.

With the exception of the special provisions being made for teleconferenced oral arguments, the Court is continuing normal operations via established continuity of operations (COOP) protocol, and filing deadlines will not be automatically extended under Rule 26(a). However, the Court appreciates that the COVID-19 pandemic may create challenges for parties in meeting some deadlines and, while moving cases forward remains a priority, will sympathetically consider requests for extensions or stays in individual cases.

Questions should be directed to the Clerk of the Court (gblock@uscourts.cavc.gov).