The Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982 abolished the United States Court of Claims and the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals and created the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) and the United States Claims Court. The Act provided for an advisory committee to be appointed by the CAFC in order to study the proposed rules of practice and internal operating procedures of the court. The recommendations of the advisory committee were given considerable weight when the court promulgated the Rules of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC Rules), and a procedural handbook effective October 1, 1982. The rules are intended to supplement the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and to reflect the court's nationwide and varied jurisdiction, as well as a commitment to the expeditious determination of cases brought before it. This Article walks through the more pertinent rules which help to illustrate how the court will operate, as well as clarify earlier points of confusion.
George E. Hutchinson & Ernest C. Baynard III, Local Rules and Procedures of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 32 Clev. St. L. Rev. 103 (1983-1984)