Court’s Response to COVID-19

The First District Court of Appeals has taken proactive steps in an effort to maintain critical Court functions while attempting to mitigate the risks to public and staff. The Court’s rules are periodically updated to remain consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information on oral arguments, please click on the oral arguments tab. Masks are currently required in the William Howard Taft Law Center under limited circumstances. Please see the Court of Appeals Administrative Order for more information.


The First District Court of Appeals has adopted new local rules. These rules take effect on January 1, 2022. These rules apply to all filings on or after January 1, 2022, except as provided in Loc.R. 14 regarding extensions of time.

Loc.R. 14 states: The following provisions for extensions of time are applicable to all appeals filed on or after January 1, 2022. For any appeal filed in calendar year 2021 or before, the prior rules governing the extension of time apply.

For cases filed in 2021 or before, former Loc.R. 18.1 (A) applies regarding extensions. The former Rule 18 states as follows:
Rule 18.1 (A) Time for filing and serving briefs. The court shall issue a scheduling order for filing and serving a brief. The court may extend the time for filing and serving a brief upon motion and a showing of good cause. If the court grants the appellant an extension of time to file the appellant’s brief, the appellee shall, without further order of the court, file and serve the appellee’s brief within 30 days after the appellant’s brief was served.

This division shall not apply to an expedited appeal under App.R. 11.2.