Updated Operational Status

as of December 7, 2020

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Updated Operational Status (posted December 7, 2020):

Due to public health concerns associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Court started hearing oral arguments via teleconference on April 21, 2020, and transitioned to videoconferences on November 6, 2020, a practice that will continue until further notice. Counsel and Judges log into conferences for oral argument that can be heard live on the Court’s YouTube channel. Recordings of all oral arguments are also posted to our website and YouTube channel.

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.

The Court notes the recent appointment of Judge Scott Laurer and Judge Grant Jaquith, which brings the Court to its fully authorized strength of nine active judges. Judge Laurer and Judge Jaquith are filling vacancies created by the retirement of Judge Robert Davis and Judge Mary Schoelen, both now serving in senior status.

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