Oral Argument in Currency Case

On October 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear our oral arguments in American Council of the Blind v. Mnuchin, also known as the currency case.

This case presents important issues to ACB and the blind community. The issue to be decided by the court is whether the injunctive order issued in October 2008 mandating that currency be made accessible to the visually impaired not later than the next major currency redesign be modified to require that (a) the $10 bill be made accessible by December 31, 2020, and (b) the remaining denominations of currency be made accessible by December 31, 2026.  The court may also consider the issue of whether external currency readers provide meaningful access.   

We encourage members who live in the D.C. area to attend.

Our oral argument on the currency case will be held in Courtroom 31, and will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. The address of the federal courthouse is 333 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001. The ADA entrance is on Third Street. The nearest Metro stops are Judiciary Square (red line) and Archives-Navy Memorial (yellow-green lines). For directions, visit http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/metro.

We have advised the clerk’s office that they should expect a large number of our members  to be present. I would suggest that anyone who wishes to attend arrive at the court by 8:30 a.m. to go through security.  Please note that cell phones are not permitted; so you will have to check them in a locker provided by the court security officer. You must bring an official photo ID to obtain entry into the courthouse. I expect that we should be finished by 10:00 a.m.; however, the schedule could change and we may end up finishing closer to noon. 

Please understand that this three-judge panel will not rule until February or March of 2018. I hope to see many members next Thursday morning.