News & Announcements

Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

Mon, 2018-12-10

Due to a National Weather Service alert regarding the likelihood of icy road conditions, all divisions of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia will delay opening until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

Tue, 2018-12-04

All Northern District of Georgia courthouses will be closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in honor of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States.

Mon, 2018-12-03

Revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure became effective on December 1, 2018.  More information regarding the revised rules is available at: ...

Mon, 2018-12-03

As of December 1, 2018, revisions to Local Rule 5.1A, which addresses electronic filing, and revisions to Appendix H to the Local Rules, Revised Electronic Case Filing Standing Order and Administrative Procedures, are in effect.  These...

Wed, 2018-11-28

On December 1, 2018, revisions to Appendix H to the Local Rules, Revised Electronic Case Filing Standing Order and Administrative Procedures, will go into effect.  These revisions update Appendix H in light of changes to the Federal...

Tue, 2018-11-13

On Friday, November 23rd, and Monday, December 24th, the Rome, Gainesville, and Newnan courthouses of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia will be closed.  The Richard B. Russell Federal Building and United States...

Wed, 2018-11-07

On behalf of the Judges of the Northern District of Georgia, I am pleased to announce the selection of Christopher C. Bly, to join our Court as a United States Magistrate Judge. Chris has an exceptional scholastic record in both his undergraduate...

Wed, 2018-11-07

On Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., the website for the Northern District of Georgia will be unavailable due to system maintenance. The Court's CM/ECF system will remain available by navigating directly to...

Thu, 2018-11-01

Appendix H of the N.D. Ga. Local Rules requires attorneys to keep their email addresses and other contact information updated in the Court's CM/ECF system.  Despite this requirement, the Court has been monitoring undelivered emails from CM/ECF...

Thu, 2018-11-01

Revisions to Local Rule 83.1F and Appendix G, which are the rules addressing Attorney Discipline and the rules governing the Committee on Discipline, respectively, are now in effect.  

The new rules are available on the Court's website at...

Wed, 2018-10-31

Revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure are expected to become effective on December 1, 2018.  More information regarding the revised rules is available at...

Wed, 2018-10-31

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has approved revisions to Local Rule 5.1A, which addresses electronic filing.

More details regarding the proposed revisions are set forth in the official notice, which...

Fri, 2018-10-19

CM/ECF, the electronic case filing system for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, will be unavailable from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 28th, for system maintenance.  During this...

Wed, 2018-08-15

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to the following rules:

  • Appellate Rules 35 and 40;
  • Bankruptcy Rules 2002, 2004, and 8012;
  • ...
Thu, 2018-07-05

The Judicial Conference approved and implemented a new 3-day transcript rate. The rate is now in effect. The maximum transcript  rates are available at http://www....

Mon, 2018-06-25

Residents of the Northern District of Georgia continue to receive fraudulent phone calls claiming that the victim failed to appear for jury duty in federal court.  The scammer tells the victim that he or she can avoid arrest by purchasing a pre-...

Mon, 2018-06-18

Beginning on June 18, 2018, the Northern District of Georgia will increase the permitted size of individual electronic files uploaded to the Court's CM/ECF system from 20 MB to 25 MB.  This change will reduce instances in which a single,...

Wed, 2018-06-06

Revisions to Local Patent Rule 2.1(d), which addresses sealed filings, are now in effect.  The full text of the revised rule is available here.

Fri, 2018-05-18

CM/ECF, the electronic case filing system for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, will be unavailable from approximately 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3rd, for system maintenance.  During this...

Mon, 2018-05-07

New Local Rule 3.4 and new Local Patent Rule 1.4, which contain requirements for parties to complete and file AO Form 120 or AO Form 121, as applicable, in appropriate patent, copyright, and trademark cases, are now in effect.  In addition,...

Fri, 2018-05-04

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has approved revisions to Local Rule 83.1F and Appendix G, which are the rules addressing Attorney Discipline and the Rules Governing the Committee on Discipline, respectively...

Tue, 2018-03-27

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States magistrate judge for the Northern District of Georgia at Atlanta, Georgia. The basic authority of a United States magistrate judge is...

Tue, 2018-01-30

The Northern District of Georgia is proposing new Local Rule 3.4 and new Local Patent Rule 1.4 to require appropriate parties in patent, copyright, and trademark cases to complete and file AO Form 120 and/or AO Form 121, as applicable.  The Court...

Thu, 2018-01-18

U.S. District Court Judge William S. Duffey, Jr. has announced his retirement effective July 1, 2018.  More details are contained in the press release available here.

Wed, 2018-01-17

On Thursday, January 18th, the Atlanta, Gainesville, and Newnan divisions of the Court will open at 11:00 a.m.  The Rome division will open at 10:00 a.m.

Fri, 2017-12-08

Due to inclement weather conditions, all divisions of the District Court will be closed for the remainder of the day.

Fri, 2017-12-01

Revisions to the following Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure became effective on December 1, 2017:

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure:  Rule 4, Summons...

Mon, 2017-11-20

On Friday, November 24th, and Friday, December 22nd, the Rome, Gainesville, and Newnan courthouses of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia will be closed.  The Richard B. Russell Federal Building and United States...

Tue, 2017-11-07

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on November 14, 2017, the Northern District of Georgia will increase the permitted size of individual electronic files uploaded to the Court's CM/ECF system from 15 MB to 20 MB.  This change will reduce instances in which a...

Thu, 2017-10-26

Pay.gov will experience a production service outage on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.  During this time, CM/ECF users will not be able to pay court fees online.  Please contact Pay.gov customer support by phone, (800...

Tue, 2017-09-26

CM/ECF, the electronic case filing system for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, will be unavailable from 7:00 a.m. until 09:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2017, for system maintenance.  During that period,...

Thu, 2017-09-14

Pay.gov will experience a production service outage on Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.  During this time, CM/ECF users will not be able to pay court fees online.  Please contact Pay.gov customer support by phone, (...

Sun, 2017-09-10

Atlanta and all divisional offices of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, will be Closed on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 due to inclement weather.. The Court will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, September 13, 2017....

Wed, 2017-09-06

Pay.gov will experience a production service outage on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.  During this time, CM/ECF users will not be able to pay court fees online.  Please contact Pay.gov customer support by phone, (800...

Tue, 2017-08-15

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Criminal, and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to the following rules and forms:

  • Appellate Rules 3, 13, 26.1, 28 and 32;
  • Bankruptcy Rules 2002...
Sat, 2017-07-22

The Court's CM/ECF system, which was scheduled to be unavailable until Monday, July 24th, at 7:00 a.m., is now available.  The work requiring the outage was completed sooner than initially projected.

Thu, 2017-07-13

Notice
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia In Re: Reappointment of Walter E. Johnson as United States Magistrate Judge

The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson...

Mon, 2017-07-10

Due to conversion to a centralized server, the electronic case filing system (CM/ECF) for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia will be unavailable from 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 21st until 7:00 a.m. on Monday, July 24th. ...

Mon, 2017-06-26

While the court will open during normal business hours on Monday, July 3, the attorney admission ceremony scheduled for that date has been moved to Wednesday, July, 5, 2017, as a result of the July 4 federal holiday.  All other aspects of the...

Fri, 2017-06-02

Local Rule 79.1, which addresses pleadings and exhibits, appeal records, and closed files, has been revised effective June 1, 2017.  The revised rule is available here.  In addition, the heading...

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