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.

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...

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

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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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....

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 a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Alabama at Montgomery.  Applications...

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. ...

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...

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