(a)A decision upon a proceeding before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims shall be made as quickly as practicable. In a case heard by a panel of the Court, the decision shall be made by a majority vote of the panel in accordance with the rules of the Court. The decision of the judge or panel hearing the case so made shall be the decision of the Court.
(b)A judge or panel shall make a determination upon any proceeding before the Court, and any motion in connection with such a proceeding, that is assigned to the judge or panel. The judge or panel shall make a report of any such determination which constitutes the judge or panel’s final disposition of the proceeding.
(c)The Court shall designate in its decision in any case those specific records of the Government on which it relied (if any) in making its decision. The Secretary shall preserve records so designated for not less than the period of time designated by the Archivist of the United States.
1998—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105–368substituted “Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims” for “Court of Veterans Appeals”.
1991—Pub. L. 102–40renumbered section
4067 of this title as this section.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 102–82, § 1(3), struck out before period at end “except as provided in subsection (d) of this section”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 102–82, § 1(1), (2), redesignatedsubsec. (c) as (b) and struck out former subsec. (b) which read as follows: “The Court shall include in its decision a statement of its conclusions of law and determinations as to factual matters.”
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 102–83substituted “Secretary” for “Administrator”.
Pub. L. 102–82, § 8(1), substituted “Archivist of the United States” for “Administrator of the National Archives and Records Administration”.
Pub. L. 102–82, § 1(2), redesignatedsubsec. (e) as (c). Former subsec. (c) redesignated (b).
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 102–82, § 1(1), struck out subsec. (d) which read as follows:
“(1) In the case of a proceeding determined by a single judge of the Court, the decision of the judge shall become the decision of the Court unless before the end of the 30-day period beginning on the date of the decision by the judge the Court, upon the motion of either party or on its own initiative, directs that the decision be reviewed by a panel of the Court. In such a case, the decision of the judge initially deciding the case shall not be a part of the record.
“(2) In the case of a proceeding determined by a panel of the Court, the decision of the panel shall become the decision of the Court unless before the end of the 30-day period beginning on the date of the decision by the panel the Court, upon the motion of either party or on its own initiative, directs that the decision be reviewed by an expanded panel of the Court (or the Court en banc). In such a case, the decision of the panel initially deciding the case shall not be a part of the record.”
Amendment by Pub. L. 105–368effective on first day of first month beginning more than 90 days after Nov. 11, 1998, see section 513 ofPub. L. 105–368, set out as a note under section
7251 of this title.
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