News and Announcements



  Please Note:  

The Court will be closed on Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26, 2021, in observance of the holiday.


 
November 19, 2021
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit seeks a Judicial Assistant to Hon. Michael Y. Scudder.

Please see the Vacancies page for details.

 
October 28, 2021
Notice of Rescission of Circuit Rule 57

On September 20, 2021, this court issued notice of its intent to rescind Circuit Rule 57. No comments were received. The court hereby rescinds Circuit Rule 57 effective immediately.


Please see the Rules and Procedures page for details.
 
October 12, 2021
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals announces its decision to continue indefinitely the practice of livestreaming the audio of oral argument. Although initially instituted during the COVID-19 pandemic on an emergency basis, the court has voted to retain livestreaming to increase the visibility and accessibility of the court’s business.

Presently the court uses its YouTube channel as its livestreaming platform. The link to this channel is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkCU-ncM2qA.


 
September 20, 2021
Notice of Proposed Circuit Rule Change and Opportunity for Comment

Notice is hereby given that the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2071 proposes rescission of Circuit Rule 57. The reason for the rescission is that Circuit Rule 57 conflicts with the more recently adopted Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 12.1. A copy of Circuit Rule 57 is provided below. Written comments on the proposed rule rescission were to have been sent by October 20, 2021.

Advisory Committee on Circuit Rules
c/o Clerk of Court
United States Court of Appeals
For the Seventh Circuit
219 South Dearborn Street
Room 2722
Chicago, IL 60604

Comments could also have been made via e-mail at: USCA7_Clerk@ca7.uscourts.gov

Please see the Rules and Procedures page for details.
 
August 27, 2021
The Seventh Circuit Pattern Criminal Jury Instruction Committee had submitted the proposed new and revised criminal pattern jury instructions for public comment. The proposed revised version of each instruction is redlined to reflect the proposed changes.

The Committee had accepted comments through September 21, 2021.

Please see the 2021 Proposed Revisions to the Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions for details, which are also posted on the Pattern Jury Instructions page.



August 25, 2021

Notice to counsel and the public:

Order Regarding Masking, Vaccination, and COVID-19 Self-Certification * Amending General Order 21-009, entered on August 13, 2021 * Superseding General Order 21-006 *

Effective immediately, all persons seeking entry to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit at the Dirksen United States Courthouse shall comply with the masking, social distancing and self-certification requirements. Please see the General Orders page for details.


August 13, 2021

Notice to counsel and the public:

Re: Order Regarding COVID-19 and Restoration of In-Person Activity

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will exit its Continuity of Operations Plan and resume in-person court operations effective September 1, 2021, subject to the qualifying provisions of General Orders 21-008, 21-009 and 21-010.  (These orders supersede General Orders 21-005, 21-006 and 21-007.) Please see the General Orders page for details.


July 28, 2021

The Current COVID-19 Courtroom Procedures have been posted. The Special Notice to Counsel Presenting Oral Argument has also been udpated. Please see the Forms page for details.

July 22, 2021

Notice to counsel and the public:

Re: Order Regarding COVID-19 and Restoration of In-Person Activity

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will exit its Continuity of Operations Plan and resume in-person court operations effective September 1, 2021, subject to the qualifying provisions of General Orders 21-005, 21-006 and 21-007.   Please see the General Orders page for details.

 
June 30, 2021
Chief Judge Diane S. Sykes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is pleased to announce the appointment of the Honorable Paul E. Singleton, St. Joseph Superior Court Magistrate Judge, to a 14-year term as Bankruptcy Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Please see the Press Release for details.
 
June 10, 2021
Announcement from Chief Judge Sykes Regarding New Circuit Executive

Chief Judge Sykes is pleased to announce that the Judicial Council of the Seventh Circuit has appointed Sarah O. Schrup, currently the Deputy Circuit Executive, to succeed Mr. Collins Fitzpatrick as Circuit Executive.

Ms. Schrup will assume her new role on September 29, 2021. Mr. Fitzpatrick retires on September 28, shortly after marking the 50th anniversary of his service to the Seventh Circuit.

Please see the announcement for details.



June 3, 2021

Notice to counsel and the public:

Re: Order Regarding COVID-19

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 August 31, 2021, will be argued by counsel either telephonically or by video communications, with audio livestreamed to YouTube.
The clerk’s office will contact counsel with remote argument instructions for their specific case.

 
May 26, 2021
Order issued In Re: Attorney Admission Fee

Please see the order for details.
 
May 26, 2021
Notice and Order of Adoption of Modifications to Circuit Rule 46(b)

Please see the Rules page for details.

 
April 15, 2021

Notice of Proposed Circuit Rule Changes and Opportunity for Comment  

Notice was given that the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit,
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2071 proposed modification of Circuit Rule 46(b).

Please see the Rules page for details.


March 10, 2021

Notice to counsel and the public:

Re:  Order Regarding COVID-19

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 June 30, 2021, will be argued by counsel either telephonically or by video communications, with audio livestreamed to YouTube.
The clerk’s office will contact counsel with remote argument instructions for their specific case.


February 18, 2021

Coronavirus Covid-19 Public Emergency Order Concerning Face Masks/Coverings in Public Areas of Courthouses:

This order pertains to the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse located at 219 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL, and the Stanley J. Roszkowski United States Courthouse located at 327 S. Church Street, Rockford, IL.

Effective immediately, all persons seeking entry to, or occupying the courthouses, must wear a face covering or mask in the public areas of the courthouses. Masks may be either manufactured or homemade and should be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures. A face shield, bandana, or neck gaiter alone does not count as a face covering. A face shield and/or goggles may be used in addition to an acceptable mask, but by themselves do not substitute for the use of a mask.

Any visitor seeking entry into the courthouse without a mask will be offered a free disposable mask at the security screening station if they need to enter the courthouse. 

Any person found to have violated this Order may be held in contempt of court, cited, and/or expelled from the courthouses until an order of the Chief Circuit or District Judge, upon petition, reinstates access to the courthouses.

Please see the order for details.


 
February 11, 2021
Chief Judge Diane S. Sykes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel M. Blise to a 14-year term as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Please see the Press Release for details.
 
February 5, 2021
The 2020 revisions to Part 11 (Patents) of the Seventh Circuit’s Pattern Civil Jury Instructions have been approved for publication by the Circuit Council.

Please see the Pattern Jury Instructions page for details.



January 19, 2021
Notice to counsel and the public:

Re: Procedures for the Filing, Service, and Management of Highly Sensitive Documents

In accordance with a directive from the Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts, this Court has issued an order regarding the filing of Highly Sensitive Document material.
Please see the order for further details.

The Clerk’s Office Procedures for Highly Sensitive Documents will be posted in the Electronic Case Filing Procedures at subsection (h): http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/ecf/ECFprocedures.pdf.
Please see this excerpt for details.
  Changes to Federal Appellate Rules 35 and 40 became effective December 1, 2020.
Please see the changes for details.



 
Effective December 1, 2020, select Appellate Miscellaneous Fees were increased.
Please see the chart for details.



November 10, 2020

Notice to counsel and the public:

Re:   Order Regarding COVID-19

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 April 30, 2021, will be argued by counsel either telephonically or by video communications, with audio livestreamed to YouTube.
The clerk’s office will contact counsel with remote argument instructions for their specific case.


September 29, 2020

The Practitioner's Handbook for Appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2020 Edition) has been posted.

The Practitioner's Handbook can be found on the Guides page and on the Rules and Procedures page.



August 31, 2020

The William J. Bauer Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions (2020 edition) have been posted.

Please see the Pattern Jury Instructions page for details.



August 3, 2020

Notice to counsel and the public:

Re:  Order Regarding COVID-19

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.


June 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.



May 28, 2020

Coronavirus Covid-19 Public Emergency Order Concerning Face Masks/Coverings in Public Areas of Courthouses:

This order pertains to the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse located at 219 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL, and the Stanley J. Roszkowski United States Courthouse located at 327 S. Church Street, 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.



May 21, 2020

Updated 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.



May 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.



April 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.



March 31, 2020

Until further notice, the paper copy requirements for electronically filed briefs, appendices and petitions for rehearing are suspended.
Please see the order for further details.

March 18, 2020

Due to the emergency conditions presented by the COVID-19 virus, the court has decided to implement its Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).

The court will operate with a reduced staff, but remain open for business. Please check this webpage for future updates.

March 18, 2020

Notice to counsel and the public:
All cases scheduled for oral argument from March 30, 2020 through the end of April 2020, will be argued telephonically by counsel.

The courtroom will be closed to the public. Arguments will 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.


March 13, 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.


March 13, 2020

Chief Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is pleased to announce that Christopher G. Conway has been selected to serve as Clerk of Court. Please see the Press Release for details.


January 14, 2020

The 2020 Revised Pattern Jury Instruction for 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) has been posted.


December 17, 2019

Chief Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is pleased to announce the appointment of David D. Cleary to a 14-year term as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois headquartered in Chicago. He will succeed Bankruptcy Judge Pamela S. Hollis.

Please see the press release for details.



December 5, 2019

As announced by Chief Judge Diane P. Wood, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held a Memorial Proceeding in honor of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

Please see the press release for details.

Here is a link to the video of the memorial: https://vimeo.com/386481229


A link to the video can also be found on our Media Library page: http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/media-library/media-library.htm

November 26, 2019

The Seventh Circuit Pattern Criminal Jury Instruction Committee submitted the attached proposed revised criminal pattern jury instructions for 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) for public comment.

The current instruction does not reflect the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Rehaif v. United States, 139 S.Ct. 2191 (2019). The proposed revised version of the instruction is redlined to reflect the proposed changes.

The Committee, which includes judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and law professors, welcomed comment before submission of the proposed revision to the Circuit Council for approval and promulgation. Comments were to be sent by e-mail to jicomments@ca7.uscourts.gov, with a subject line of “Pattern Jury Instruction Comment.”

The Committee accepted comments through December 10, 2019.

May 9, 2019

Chief Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit was pleased to announce the appointment of Judge Andrea K. McCord to a 14-year term as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana headquartered in New Albany.

Judge McCord took office on May 20, 2019. She will succeed Bankruptcy Judge Basil H. Lorch, III.

Please see the press release for details.



May 6, 2019

The Practitioner's Handbook has been updated.


April 15, 2019

Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions (2012 ed.) which includes the 2015-2017 and the 2018 changes.

Please see the Pattern Jury Instructions page for details.
 
March 1, 2019

  The Seventh Circuit Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions Committee submits the attached proposed revised criminal pattern jury instruction for 18 U.S.C. § 2250(a) for public comment. The current instruction is inaccurate in light of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Nichols v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 1113 (2016). The proposed revised version of the instruction is redlined to reflect the proposed changes.

Respondents were asked to email comments to jicomments@ca7.uscourts.gov, with a subject line of “Pattern Jury Instruction Comment.”

The Committee accepted comments through March 15, 2019.

Please see the announcement for details.

 
December 3, 2018

  The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure have been updated effective December 1, 2018.

Please see the Rules page for details.

 
December 3, 2018

  The 7th Circuit Bar Association held a free CLE:
How to Handle a Seventh Circuit Pro Bono Appeal

Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse
219 S. Dearborn Street,
Ceremonial Courtroom, Room 2525
Chicago, IL 60604

December 10, 2018, 3:00-5:00 pm
The flyer offered more information.
 
November 21, 2018

  Chief Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit was pleased to announce the appointment of Katherine Maloney Perhach to a 14-year term as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Please see the Press Release for details.
 
October 5, 2018

  The Seventh Circuit Pattern Criminal Jury Instruction Committee submited the
proposed revised criminal pattern jury instructions for public comment.


The commenting period ended November 20, 2018.

Please see the Pattern Jury Instructions page for details.

 
September 18, 2018

  The Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions have been updated.
Please see the Pattern Jury Instructions page for details.

 
August 28, 2018

  CM/ECF - NEXTGEN Implementation

Please Note:  On Monday, September 10, 2018, the NEXTGEN CM/ECF System conversion was completed.

Please see the Case Information-NEXTGEN page for details.

 
June 15, 2018

  EEO Plan

The Policy on Equal Employment Opportunity, Discrimination, Harassment, and Employment Dispute Resolution for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has been updated.

 
May 24, 2018

  On March 23, 2018, this court issued notice that it proposed modifications to Circuit Rule 10 and the rescission of Circuit Rule 11.

The court has carefully considered the comments received. The court hereby provides notice of the adoption of the modifications to Circuit Rule 10 and the rescission of Circuit Rule 11. The adoption of the modifications to Circuit Rule 10 and the rescission of Circuit Rule 11 shall be effective immediately.

 
May 1, 2018

  Seventh Circuit Operating Procedure 11: Video-Recording Policy has been added.

Please see the Rules page for details.

 
April 23, 2018

  Video Segments on Appellate Practice Topics

Welcome to a series of programs about appellate practice in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Seventh Circuit Bar Association has prepared video segments on the steps in an appeal that will be very helpful to many lawyers. Each topic that you may encounter in appellate practice will have a separate segment and you will be able to listen to experts in the field on each of these matters as your appeal progresses. So if you are preparing for an oral argument, you click on the oral argument segment and you will hear from an appellate practitioner and a Circuit Judge on how to prepare for your argument and what to expect on the day you give it. We hope you will find these segments useful.

Chief Circuit Judge Diane P. Wood

 
March 22, 2018

Notice of Proposed Circuit Rule Changes and Opportunity for Comment  

Notice is hereby given that the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit,
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2071, proposed the modification of Circuit Rule 10 and
the recision of Circuit Rule 11.

Deletions are shown by strikeouts. New text is highlighted. See the details here.

Written comments on the proposed rule changes were to be sent by April 25, 2018, to:

       Advisory Committee
       c/o Clerk of Court
       United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
       219 South Dearborn Street - Room 2722
       Chicago, Il 60604

Comments were also accepted via e-mail at: USCA7_Clerk@ca7.uscourts.gov

 
March 2, 2018

  Notice of Adoption of the New Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan
The Seventh Circuit has adopted the new Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan.

Please see the Clerkships page for details.

A copy of the plan is posted on the OSCAR website at:
https://oscar.uscourts.gov/federal_law_clerk_hiring_pilot.

 
December 27, 2017

  Chief Judge Diane Wood has appointed a committee to examine the process for raising claims of harassment in connection with employment in the courts of the Seventh Circuit. Please see the details of the announcement.
 
December 1, 2017   

  Amendment to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure Rule 4: Subdivision (a)(4)(B)(iii).

This technical amendment restores the former subdivision (a)(4)(B)(iii) that was inadvertently deleted in 2009. On December 14, 2016, the Office of the Law Revision Counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives advised that Rule 4(a)(4)(B)(iii) had been deleted by a 2009 amendment to Rule 4. The deletion of this subdivision in 2009 was inadvertent. The OLRC deleted subdivision (iii) from its official document, but the document from which the rules are printed was not updated to show the deletion. As a result, Rule 4(A)(4)(B)(iii) was published with subdivision (iii) in place. This technical amendment restores subdivision (iii) to Rule 4(A)(4)(B).

House document 115-35 details: http://www.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/house_document_115-35_appellate_rules_0.pdf.
 
October 20, 2017   

  On November 13, 2017, the Supreme Court’s electronic filing system began operation.

While paper will remain the official form of filing as under existing practice, parties represented by counsel will also be required to submit most documents through the new electronic filing system. Attorneys who expect to file documents electronically will need to register in advance for the system.

Additional information is available at https://www.supremecourt.gov/filingandrules/electronicfiling.aspx.
 
October 16, 2017

  A complimentary CLE webinar on ESI (Electronically Stored Information) was held on November 2, 2017.

Any questions: Please contact Kelly Warner, Co-Chair of the Education Sub-committee of the Pilot Program, at kwarner@rshc-law.com.
 
October 11, 2017   

  Both judges and court personnel have an obligation to keep confidential certain court materials. In order to clarify the extent of that obligation, Chief Judge Diane P. Wood has decided to make public an opinion she requested from the Judicial Conference Committee on Codes of Conduct. It is available here, as well as under the "Rules and Procedures" tab of the court's public website.

 
August 22, 2017   

  Revisions to the proposed Federal Civil Jury Instructions of the Seventh Circuit

Prepared By The Committee on Pattern Civil Jury Instructions of the Seventh Circuit.

[The Circuit’s Committee on Pattern Civil Jury Instructions has, with the permission of the Circuit Counsel, revised Parts 6 and 7 of the earlier version. The Committee is continuing to revise and supplement the existing pattern instructions. ] (revised August, 2017


 
May 17, 2017   

  Chief Judge Diane P. Wood, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, was pleased to announce the appointment of Judge James R. Ahler to a 14-year term as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to sit in Hammond.

 
April 19, 2017

  The Practitioner's Handbook for Appeals has been updated.
[If you do not see the 2017 edition, you may need to clear your browser cache.]

 
April 1, 2017

  On April 01, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals increased the maximum allowable PDF file size for documents filed in the Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system from 10 MB to 35 MB.

 
March 7, 2017

  Proposed revisions to Seventh Circuit Criminal Jury Instructions regarding 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) offenses

Comments were accepted through March 27, 2017.
 
December 1, 2016
  Appellate and Circuit rule changes are effective December 01, 2016.
   • Details of Circuit Rule changes
   • Details of Appellate Rule Changes

Appellate Fee changes are effective December 01, 2016.
   
 
September 21, 2016
  The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit cordially invited you to participate in a video appellate practice seminar.

The seminar was designed for the attorney who wishes to learn more about handling appeals in the Seventh Circuit. Experienced appellate practitioners, court personnel and judges cover topics that the practitioner needs to represent litigants in appeals before the court.
 
May 2, 2016
  Justices Elena Kagan and John Paul Stevens in a conversation with Chief Judge Diane Wood on the Supreme Court at the annual meeting of the Judicial Conference of the Seventh Circuit in Chicago.

[alternate link:
http://www.c-span.org/video/?408836-1/justices-kagan-stevens-supreme-court
 
May 2, 2016
  The Court is now live on the CJA eVoucher - Electronic Voucher Management System.
Please see the Criminal Justice Act Information page for eVoucher information and training resources.
 
April 29, 2016
 

The Seventh Circuit has a new website design.

Please note: Check the Sitemap page for items you are trying to locate. Any items you had previously bookmarked in your browser will no longer work.

  also added:  Video Segments of Appellate Practice in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals