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The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is in the process of reconstructing its website.

The new site will debut at the end of this week. Any bookmarks to items on our current site will most likely need to be recreated.

Please Note: The proposed revised pattern §1983 civil jury instructions for the Seventh Circuit are offered for public comment by the Seventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instruction Committee and §1983 Jury Instruction Subcommittee. Comments will be accepted through April 29, 2016. Please see:  Pattern Jury Instructions for details.
  The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit cordially invites you to participate in a video appellate practice seminar.

The seminar is designed for the attorney who wishes to learn more about handling appeals in the Seventh Circuit. Experienced appellate practitioners, court personnel and judges will cover topics that the practitioner needs to represent litigants in appeals before the court.


Note:  Appellate Miscellaneous Fees to change effective December 01, 2013. Please read the details.

Attention Appellate Court Filers:
For the latest information regarding the ECF applet and known Java issues (both MAC and PC), please read this Pacer Service Center notice: http://www.pacer.gov/announcements/general/appljavanote.html.

September 2012 MAC issue:   New Mac computers come with a default setting that does not allow applications downloaded from "anywhere"
(which prevents download of the ECF applet).
  To resolve the issue please see the details.

updated: 04/26/2016      
    Adobe, Inc. Acrobat Reader [free download]
    Annual Report [See: Seventh Circuit Statistics]
    Application For Admission To Practice (form)
    Appellate Fees  [effective: 12/01/2013]
    Appearance & Disclosure Statement   [updated]
    Application Fee (Bar Membership Fee)
      Archived Records (Federal Records Center)     [effective: 10/01/2011]
    Argument Confirmation form
    Bankruptcy Judgeships
    Bar Association  [ Seventh Circuit Bar Association ]
    ° Brief Examples
    Brief Filing Checklist
    Brief Upload => See: ECF Brief Submission
    Calendar: Daily Argument Calendar
    Calendar: Week and Session Calendar
      Case Information - Archived Records (Federal Records Center)     [effective: 10/01/2011]
    Case Info. / Docket Sheets
    Certificate of Service (sample form)(.pdf)
  ° CJA Information (forms and hourly rate information)

New Update to the Judiciary Staff Travel Regulations (Guide to Judiciary Policy, Vol. 19, Ch. 4): http://www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/TravelRegulations.aspx
    CJA Plan
    Circuit Links
  ° Circuit Mediation Office
  Circuit Rule Changes
    CM / ECF Case Information (2008 +)
    CM/ECF: Next Generation Survey
    ° Contact Information
    ° Courthouse Photos
    Daily Argument Calendar
    Disclosure Statement (in pdf format)   Please see: Appearance & Disclosure Statement  [updated]
    Docket Sheets

Mandatory E-Filing and
Circuit Rule changes
took effect on
May 01, 2011

ECF (Electronic Case Filing) Information
  • Notice of Circuit Rule Changes
  • Electronic Case Filing Circuit Rules
  • Electronic Case Filing Procedures
       • ECF Document Filing System
       • ECF Attorney Filing Options
   Important ECF Reminders 
       • ECF Registration
       • Brief Upload System (overview)
       • ECF User's Manual
           • ECF FAQ's
    ECF (Electronic Case Filing) Training Area
ECF Tutorials
Pay.gov:   How to pay a fee electronically  
    Electronic Fund Transfers (processing checks as electronic fund transfers)  [effective: 01/01/2013]
    Employment Opportunities
    ° FAQs
    Federal and Circuit Rules
    Federal Defender website
  Federal Rule Changes
    Fee Changes 
  Fee Chart
    ° Forms
  In Forma Pauperis form  
  Admission to Practice form   [updated]
  Appearance & Disclosure Statement
  Argument Confirmation form
  Certificate of Service (sample)
  CJA Forms list
  Special Notice to Counsel who will Present Oral Argument
  Transcript Information Sheet form
  Volunteer Pannel Attorney Questionnaire form  [updated]
  Handbook for Criminal Appeals in the Seventh Circuit     [Second Edition]
    Guidelines for Briefs and Other Papers
° Human Resources
    In Forma Pauperis (form)
  Java Resources and Information
    Judges’ Attendance at Privately Funded Educational Programs
    Judgeships (Bankruptcy Judgeships)
    Judicial Business of the U.S. Courts
    Judicial Conference
    Judicial Misconduct or Disability Complaint Decisions
    Judicial Misconduct or Disability Complaint Form
    Judicial Misconduct or Disability Complaint Instructions for Filing Complaint Form
    Judicial Misconduct or Disability Complaint Rules and Information
    Library (William J. Campbell Library of the U.S. Courts)
    ° Mediation [ please also see: Circuit Mediation Office ]
    New Employee Information
    Opinions - Nonprecedential Dispositive Orders  rss icon image  queston mark
    Operating Procedures
    Operating Procedures changes
    Oral Arguments
    Oral Argument Confirmation Card (see Argument Confirmation form)
    OSCAR   [Online System for Clerkship Application and Review]
    Painting With Print . . .
    Pacer Case Information (2007 + prior)
    Pacer Fee Increase
    Pacer Service Center
    ° Pattern Jury Instructions
  [Revised 2013]

Pattern Civil Jury Instructions (2015 Ed.)   [.pdf version] [revised 2015]
Pattern Civil Jury Instructions (2015 Ed.)   [Word version]  

  Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions (2012 Ed.)   [.pdf version]
  The Committee on Federal Criminal Jury Instructions of the Seventh Circuit has become a standing committee and is seeking comments on its work on an ongoing basis.

Please send any comments on existing instructions or suggestions for new ones to: jicomments@illinois.edu.

The proposed revised pattern § 1983 civil jury instructions for the Seventh Circuit are offered for public comment by the Seventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instruction Committee and § 1983 Jury Instruction Subcommittee.

The committees, which include representatives of all significant perspectives, welcome comment before submission to the Circuit Council for approval and promulgation.

Comments will be accepted through April 29, 2016.

Please see:    Pattern Jury Instructions for details.
  Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions (2012 Ed.)   [Word .doc version]
    February 4, 2013 -- the Pattern Criminal Jury Instruction Committee has revised
the withdrawal instructions in light of the Supreme Court's recent decision
in Smith v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 714 (2013). The revised instructions are
numbered 5.13, 5.14(A) and 5.14(B).
  Practitioner's Handbook   [updated  May, 2014]
    Privacy Rules and Judicial Conference Privacy Policy
    Redaction Guides:
  Redaction Methodology Suggestions
  NSA: Redacting with Confidence
  Metadata: Word 2010
  Metadata: Word 2007
    Report on Civility in the Seventh Federal Judicial Circuit
    Request for E-Mail Address Updates
    RSS Feeds - Seventh Circuit  rss icon image   [Please see: Oral Arguments  rss icon image  and  Opinions and Nonprecedential Dispositive Orders  rss icon image  queston mark]
  Rules [html version]
  Rule Changes
    ° Settlement Conference Office [Please see:  Circuit Mediation Office ]
  Circuit Rule Changes  
  Federal Rule Changes
    Seventh Circuit Bar Association [ Bar Association ]
Seventh Circuit Operating Procedures   [changes are effective December 01, 2015]
    Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program
  ° Seventh Circuit Statistics  [The Judicial Business of the United States Courts of the Seventh Circuit]
    ° Seventh Circuit Video Library
Staff Attorney Clerkship Program (with Judge Diane P. Wood and Michael K. Fridkin)
    [recorded February 08, 2012] (alternate link: http://youtu.be/hMub8XZDf8M )
Pathways to the Bench: U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ann C. Williams 
     [recorded: July 12, 2011] ( alternate link: http://youtu.be/7OYZNLPBtbs )
Hon. Terence T. Evans Memorial Service   [recorded September 23, 2011]
Investiture of Hon. John Daniel Tinder   [recorded May 21, 2008]
Seventh Circuit Wiki  [recorded January 21, 2008]
Court Voices: Quality of Service  [recorded 2009]
    Standards for Professional Conduct
    Transcript Information Sheet
    Video Library (see Seventh Circuit Video Library)
    Volunteer Panel Attorney Questionnaire
    Week and Session Calendar

Please direct all Court inquiries
to the Clerk's Office

(312) 435-5850
or write:

U.S. Court of Appeals
Room 2722
219 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604
Also see: Court Contact Info.