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.

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...

Tue, 2017-05-30

The Northern District of Georgia is considering revisions proposed by a member of the Bar to Patent Local Rule 6, which addresses claim construction proceedings.  Notice of the proposed revisions, including a redlined copy and a memorandum...

Mon, 2017-05-01

The Northern District of Georgia has proposed amendments to Local Rule 77 and Local Rule 79.1, which governs pleadings and exhibits, appeal records, and closed files.  Notice of the proposed amendments, which includes both clean and redlined...

Mon, 2017-05-01

As a result of required system maintenance, the Court's website and the electronic case filing system (CM/ECF) for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia will be unavailable to external users from 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m....

Tue, 2017-04-18

As a result of required system maintenance, the Court's website and the electronic case filing system (CM/ECF) for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia will be unavailable to external users from 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m....

Tue, 2017-04-18

Due to the closure of I-85, jurors and other visitors to the Atlanta courthouse whose driving directions include I-85 South or GA-400 South should consider alternate routes or using MARTA.

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Wed, 2017-04-05

As a result of required system maintenance, the Court's website and the electronic case filing system (CM/ECF) for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia will be unavailable to external users from 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m....

Fri, 2017-03-24

The Northern District of Georgia is considering revisions proposed by a member of the Bar to Patent Local Rule 6, which addresses claim construction proceedings.  Notice of the proposed revisions, including a redlined copy and a memorandum...

Thu, 2017-03-16

The Northern District of Georgia is in the process of rebuilding its qualified juror database and has mailed letters to prospective jurors requesting that they visit this website and provide juror qualification information.  This letter is...

Mon, 2017-03-13

Beginning April 1, 2017, all attorneys must use the following new motion events in CM/ECF for registry deposits and disbursements in interpleader cases under 28 U.S.C. Section 1335:

    1.  Motion for Deposit - Interpleader (28 U.S.C....

Mon, 2017-02-27

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit seeks applications from all highly qualified candidates for two fourteen-year appointments as United States Bankruptcy Judges for the Northern District of Georgia at Atlanta. ...

Mon, 2017-02-27

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit seeks applications from all highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Alabama at Montgomery.  Applications...

Thu, 2017-02-02

Local Rule 67.1, which governs registry and other funds in the custody of the clerk of court, has been revised effective January 31, 2017. The revised local rule is available here.

Tue, 2017-01-31

As a result of required system maintenance, the electronic case filing system (CM/ECF) for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia will be unavailable from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 17th, and from 11:00 a....

Tue, 2017-01-17

Revisions to the Amended Plan of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, All Divisions, for the Random Selection of Grand and Petit Jurors, which is Appendix A to the Local Rules, have been approved...

Fri, 2017-01-06

The Gainesville, Rome, and Newnan divisions of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia will close at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017.  Check this website for updates regarding the Atlanta division.  If you have a hearing...

Thu, 2016-11-10

As of December 1, 2016, Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(d) and Fed. R. Crim. P. 45(c) have been amended to eliminate the additional three days to act in response to a filing served by electronic means.  Consistent with this change, the Northern District of...

Wed, 2016-11-09

The Northern District of Georgia has proposed amendments to Local Rule 67.1, which governs registry and other funds in the custody of the Clerk of Court.  Notice of the proposed amendments, which includes both clean and redlined versions of the...

Wed, 2016-11-02

On Friday, November 25th and Friday, December 23rd, 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...

Mon, 2016-10-24

Judges Cohen, May and Totenberg have elected to participate in a pilot program to provide a calendar of upcoming proceedings of potential interest to the public.  These are set forth in links found on the right margin of each page of the web site...

Tue, 2016-09-06

Please be aware that the CJA eVoucher system is experiencing a service disruption for outside users.  The disruption is being addressed, but it is not yet known when it will be resolved.  
 

Fri, 2016-07-29

Residents of the Northern District of Georgia continue to receive fraudulent phone calls and emails claiming that the victim failed to appear for federal jury duty and/or to respond to a federal court summons.  The scammer tells the victim that...

Fri, 2016-07-08

The Atlanta division courthouse will close at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 08, 2016.  Attorneys should check with chambers regarding any hearings scheduled for this afternoon.

Tue, 2016-06-07

Notice
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia In Re: The Matter of the Reappointment of Alan J. Baverman as United States Magistrate Judge

The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge...

Thu, 2016-03-31

The Civil Local Rules have been revised to delete former Local Rule 41.2(B) (Failure to Effectuate Service of Process) and adjust numbering accordingly.  Local Rule 41.2(B) was deleted as redundant with Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m).

The revised...

Thu, 2016-03-31

Appendix H to the Local Rules has been revised.  The revisions include new provisions for electronic filing of documents under seal in civil cases.  The new provisions appear in Section II(J) beginning on page A15 of the revised Appendix H, which...

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