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United States Court of Appeals
for the Seventh Circuit

Everett McKinley Dirksen
United States Courthouse
219 S. Dearborn Street
Room 2722
Chicago, IL 60604

Clerk's Office: (312) 435-5850

News and Announcements

8/3/2020
Notice to counsel and the public:

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will continue to operate under the Continuity of Operations Plan activated on March 18, 2020. See order for further details.

Pursuant to this order, all cases scheduled for oral argument through December 31, 2020, will be argued by counsel either telephonically or by video communications. The clerk’s office will contact counsel with remote argument instructions for their specific case. The courtroom will remain closed to the public. Arguments will be livestreamed to YouTube and recordings will be posted on the court’s web page.

If the appeal can be resolved based on the briefs and record and the decisional process would not be significantly aided by oral argument, see FED. R. APP. P. 34(a), counsel may file a motion under Circuit Rule 34(e) to waive oral argument. The court encourages counsel to confer with opposing counsel when considering a motion to waive oral argument and prefers joint motions. A motion to waive oral argument must be filed no later than seven days before the date of argument.



6/23/2020
The March 31, 2020, order suspending the paper copy requirements set forth in F.R.A.P. 30(a)(3), C.R. 31(b) and C.R. 40(b) is VACATED and the requirements in those rules are once again in effect.
Please see the order for further details.


5/28/2020
Coronavirus Covid-19 Public Emergency Order Concerning Face Masks/Coverings in Public Areas of Courthouses: pertaining to the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse in Chicago, and the Stanley J. Roszkowski United States Courthouse in Rockford, IL.

Effective immediately, all persons seeking entry to the courthouses must wear a face covering or mask that completely covers the wearer's nose and mouth. Any person violating this order may be held in contempt and/or expelled from the Courthouses. Please see the order for details.

5/21/2020
Notice to counsel and the public:
All cases scheduled for oral argument through August 31, 2020, will be argued by counsel either telephonically or by Zoom Video Communications. The Clerk's Office will contact counsel with remote argument instructions for their specific case.

The courtroom will be closed to the public. The Court, on a temporary basis, will live stream the audio from oral arguments to YouTube. Arguments will also be recorded and posted on the court’s website. If all parties agree among themselves to waive oral argument, they may jointly file a motion with the court seeking permission to do so.


5/6/2020
Updated Notice to counsel and the public:
All cases scheduled for oral argument through June 30, 2020, will be argued by counsel either telephonically or by Zoom Video Communications. The Clerk's Office will contact counsel with remote argument instructions for their specific case.

The courtroom will be closed to the public. The Court, on a temporary basis, will live stream the audio from oral arguments to YouTube. Arguments will also be recorded and posted on the court’s website. If all parties agree among themselves to waive oral argument, they may jointly file a motion with the court seeking permission to do so.


4/26/2020
Notice to counsel and the public:
All cases scheduled for oral argument in May 2020, will be argued by counsel either telephonically or by Zoom Video Communications. The Clerk’s Office will contact counsel with remote argument instructions for their specific case.

The courtroom will be closed to the public. The Court, on a temporary basis, will live stream the audio from oral arguments to YouTube. Arguments will also be recorded and posted on the court’s website. If all parties agree among themselves to waive oral argument, they may jointly file a motion with the court seeking permission to do so.


3/18/2020
Note To Participants in FRAP Rule 33 Mediations: All FRAP Rule 33 mediations will be conducted by telephone until further notice.

Please advise the Circuit Mediation Office if your contact information should change. Please see the Circuit Mediation page for details.

3/13/2020

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