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June 29: Message from Chief Judge DiFiore

Transcript of the Chief Judge's Message

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The UCS has made available a system of secure document transmission by court users to judges, clerks of court, and other UCS offices around the State. This system, known as the Electronic Document Delivery System (EDDS), may also be used for filing of documents in pending cases in courts where NYSCEF is not available. EDDS may be used by attorneys, unrepresented persons, and other court users. For more information on this system, view the EDDS Notice and the EDDS FAQs.

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As part of our effort to provide court staff and the public with up-to-date accurate information about the impact of the coronavirus upon the courts – and especially as COVID-19 testing becomes more broadly available -- we ask the following:

If you have been tested or test positive for COVID-19 and have visited any UCS courthouse or court facility in the prior fourteen days, please fill out and submit the Covid19 Test Result Form as soon as possible. If you prefer to notify the court system by phone, call 833-503-0447.

We will then notify court personnel, attorneys and other members of the public who may have been at risk of exposure, in order that they may contact their medical professionals and take appropriate further steps for their and their families’ health and safety. Thank you for your cooperation in this important notification effort during these challenging times.

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During the current coronavirus public health emergency, the NY State Court System remains open to address all essential and critical needs of the public. Concurrently, we continue to work closely with our partners in government, including State and local health authorities, to take appropriate measures in order to prioritize the health and safety of all court visitors and staff.
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Latest News:

The NY State Courts, except for criminal arraignments, will be closed on Friday, July 3rd.


June 30, 2020
Upstate Courts to Begin Phase 4 of Return to In-Person Operations

 

June 30, 2020
Covid-19 Screening of Courthouse Visitors - Memo
Screening Questions Poster: English | Español

 

June 26, 2020

Photo of workers testing a plexiglass screen in Queens courtroom
As we continue to slowly increase in-person operations in New York City Courthouses, various safety enhancements are being implemented. Facilities personnel from the Office of Court Administration along with New York City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services are in the process of fabricating and installing Plexiglas dividers in Courtrooms throughout the City.

Photo of workers testing a plexiglass screen in Queens courtroom

Workers here are measuring a template in Queens Supreme Court in Jamaica.

Photo of workers testing a plexiglass screen in Queens courtroom


 

June 25, 2020 - Press Release
Courts in 3rd, 9th and 10th Judicial Districts Enter Phase 3 of Return to In-Person Operations
 

 

June 23, 2020
Procedure for Addressing Residential and Commercial Foreclosure Proceedings

June 23, 2020 - Press Release
New Queens County Administrative Judge Named

June 23, 2020 - Press Release
NYC Courts Begin Phase 2 of Return to In-Person Operations

June 23, 2020
New York City Housing Court continued its incremental expansion to full operations. Continuing with virtual proceedings with represented parties, today, new matters may be filed either by mail or NYSCEF electronic filing system only. 

Photo of waiting area in courthouse

Judges, chambers staff, Court Officers and support personnel returned to the courthouses, where here, at 141 Livingston Street in downtown Brooklyn, the foot traffic was minimal. 

Second Photo of waiting area in courthouse

Third Photo of waiting area in courthouse

 


 

June 18, 2020
Updated guidance regarding commercial and residential eviction proceedings effective June 20

 

June 18, 2020 - News Advisory
Courts' Administrative Board Approves Rule Changes Governing Professional Conduct of Attorneys 

 

June 17, 2020 - Press Release
Chief Judge Names Commission to Develop Comprehensive Vision for Court System of the Future

 

June 16, 2020 - Press Release
Courts in 5 Upstate Judicial Districts Begin Phase 3 of Return to In-Person Operations


June 12, 2020 - News Advisory
Filing of Retainer and Closing Statements, 1st and 2nd Depts.

 

June 11, 2020 - Press Release
Chief Judge Names Chair to Lead NY Justice Task Force in Examining Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

 

June 11, 2020 - Press Release
Courts in 3rd, 9th and 10th Judicial Districts Begin Phase 2 of Return to In-Person Operations

 


 

June 10, 2020
With New York City coming on board today, all Courts in New York State have resumed in-person operations allowing for limited traffic in court facilities and the ability for the public to file papers. 

All Judges and their chambers staff are back in court buildings along with a modest percentage of other support staff. 

 

Photo of Judge Tameko Amaker

Administrative Judge for New York City Criminal Court, Tameko Amaker takes the bench for the first time since March. All matters, however, will still be held virtually.

 

Photo of Chief Clerk Justin Barry

New York City Criminal Court Chief Clerk Justin Barry in the arraignment part clerk’s office as cases are being docketed.

 

Photo of Information Booth

Information booth at 100 Centre Street with the newly installed plexiglass barrier.

 

Photo of Court Officers in the lobby of Supreme Court

Court Officers in the lobby of New York County Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street as the building becomes fully operational. 

 


 

June 9, 2020 - Administrative Board Meeting
Social distant meeting of the Court’s Administrative Board ... 

Today’s meeting of the Court’s Administrative Board - socially distanced - in White Plains.

Presiding Judge Gerald Whalen from the Fourth Department was virtual. 

Photo of the Administrative Board Meeting

Photo: Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, PJ Elizabeth Garry of the Third Department, Eileen Millet OCA Counsel, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks, PJ Alan Scheinkman of the Second Department and PJ Rolando Acosta of the First Department

 


 

June 9, 2020 - Press Release
Chief Judge Announces Independent Review of Court System Policies, Practices in Ongoing Efforts to Advance Equal Justice

June 9, 2020 - Press Release
NYC Courts Begin Gradual Return to In-Person Operations

June 4, 2020
Court of Appeals Announcement:
Academic & Bar Dispensations


June 4, 2020
Court Sgt. Released from Rehab

Sgt. Darrell Cross, Bronx Housing Court, is released today from a rehab facility in New Jersey after a remarkable recovery from Covid-19. Sgt. Cross spent a month on a ventilator and was transferred to the facility to complete his recovery. 

Photo of Darrell Cross

Photo of Darrell Cross

Sgt. Cross getting  hug from his wife, Renee. 

 

Photo of staff from the Kessler Rehabilitative Institute give Mister Cross a sendoff

Staff from the Kessler Rehabilitative Institute give Sgt. Cross a sendoff.



 

June 2, 2020 - Press Release
Upstate Courts Begin Phase 2 of Return to In-Person Operations

 

June 2, 2020
The June session of the New York State Court of Appeals commenced today in Albany with six of the seven Judges in attendance. Associate Judge Paul Feinman attended virtually.

Photo of Court of Appeals

Attorneys argued two of the three cases virtually with appearances on the third.

Photo of Court of Appeals

 

Photo of Court of Appeals

Photo of Court of Appeals

Photo of Court of Appeals

 


 

May 29, 2020
Courts Continue to Resume In-Person Operations
Nassau County Supreme Court, Mineola, New York 

The last of our Courts outside of New York City resumed in-person operations today as Judges, chambers staff, support personnel and Court Officers returned to their posts.

Judge Steven M. Jaeger returns to Nassau County Court in Mineola, NY on Friday, May 29, 2020. 

Judge Steven M. Jaeger returns to Nassau County Court in Mineola, NY on Friday, May 29, 2020. 

 

 

Court Officers wearing protective equipment reset magnetometers at the entrance to the Nassau County Court in Mineola, NY on Friday, May 29, 2020

Court Officers wearing protective equipment reset magnetometers at  the entrance to the Nassau County Court in Mineola, NY on Friday, May 29, 2020. 

 

Court Sgt. Bill Hess, left and Officer Michael Leader wearing protective equipment at the entrance to the Nassau County Court in Mineola, NY on Friday, May 29, 2020

Court  Sgt. Bill Hess, left and  Officer Michael Leader wearing protective equipment at the entrance to the Nassau County Court in Mineola, NY on Friday, May 29, 2020. 

 

Photo of Court Officer

Major Karen Mulvey Nassau County Administrative Judge Norman St. George lay out social distancing reminders in the lobby of Nassau County Court in Mineola, NY on Friday, May 29, 2020. 

 

Photo of Court Officer

 

Photo of Court Officer

 


 

May 26, 2020 - Press Release
Mid-Hudson, Long Island Begin Return to In-Person Operations

 


May 22, 2020
This week, in-person court operations resumed in 40 upstate counties with another eight in the Capital Region coming online Tuesday. 

photo of court staff

photo of court staff

Judges, chambers staff, other support personnel and Court Officers returned to their posts, albeit with masks, gloves, sanitizer and Plexiglas as the new normal.

photo of court staff

photo of court staff

Left to take the first step in normalizing operations is the Hudson Valley and Long Island next week and finally New York City.

photo of cleaning products

The photos show the first day back for courts from Monroe, to Madison, and from Onondaga, to Oneida to Ontario. 

photo of court staff 

photo of court staff

photo of court staff

photo of court staff

 


 

May 21, 2020
The NY State Courts, except for criminal arraignments, will be closed on Monday, May 25

 

May 20, 2020 - Press Release
Courts in Western NY, Capital Region Begin Return to In-Person Operations

 

May 20, 2020
Courts in Downstate Counties to Accept New Case Filings

 

May 19, 2020 - Press Release
NYC Housing Judges to Conduct Virtual Conferences in Pending Eviction Cases

 

May 19, 2020
In-Person Court Operations Commence

Photo of Court Staff wearing a mask

On Monday, May 18th, the Hall of Justice in Rochester welcomed Judges, chambers staff, clerks and other support personnel back to the building. It was the same throughout parts of the  3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Judicial Districts with more to come as additional counties upstate come online.

Photo of Court Staff wearing a mask

Enhanced cleaning, social distancing, masks and gloves were the order of the day, as virtual hearings and conferences continued. 

Photo of Court Staff cleaning door handle

Photo of Court Staff wearing a mask

 


 

May 15, 2020
NY County Surrogate’s Court Action for COVID-Related Cases

 

May 15, 2020
NY City Family Court, Additional Guidelines for Practitioners in Virtual Courtrooms

 

May 14, 2020 - Press Release
NY’s Surrogate’s Courts Prepare for Influx of COVID-Related Cases

 

May 14, 2020
Expanded Operations, County Clerks of NYC

In an important step in expanded operations, the County Clerks of New York City announced that they will resume the queuing, docketing and filing of “Clerk of the County” documents received by their offices since the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March.  County Clerk offices remain closed to public visitors, and such documents should continue to be filed by mail until further notice.

 

May 13, 2020 - Press Release
Court System Begins Return to In-Person Courthouse Operations

 

May 5, 2020
The Rensselaer County Courthouse will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday May 6, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. for essential matters.

 

May 1, 2020 - "VIRTUAL" LAW DAY
Law Day 2020 Video. Your vote, your voice, our democracy. The 19th amendment at one hundred


This year, amid the COVID-pandemic, the New York State court system is partnering with the State’s Attorney General’s Office and New York State Bar Association to present an online Law Day program. Speakers include Hon. Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and the State of New York; New York State Attorney General Letitia James; and New York State Bar Association President Henry “Hank” Greenberg. Video Transcript

 


 

Next Steps to Expand Court Services
April 30, 2020

 

Chief Judge Approves Temporary Authorization Program
April 28, 2020

 


 


Photo of Court Officer recruits in classroom

This week would have marked the graduation for the first class in 2020 of 211 New York State Court Officer Recruits. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, class had to be suspended in March. In a brief message to them from Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, she both recognizes their disappointment and reminds them that graduation day, seemingly elusive now, will come, and certainly be something to be remembered.  Video Transcript

 


 

Academic & Bar Admission Dispensations — April 21, 2020

This unprecedented public health crisis has introduced considerable uncertainty and disruption into the delivery of legal education, the bar admissions process, and our State’s justice system. The Court of Appeals recognizes that the weight of these issues has been felt acutely by law school representatives, recent graduates, and current students, particularly those nearing the completion of their studies. The global pandemic has upended traditional law school instruction, interrupted the bar admissions process, and delayed the administration of the July bar examination.

The Court of Appeals has instituted a number of measures in response to these challenges. On March 31, the Court announced a programmatic waiver of distance learning limitations to enable law students to continue their coursework virtually. That waiver applies broadly to all categories of students, including J.D. students, LL.M. students, and students who have completed fewer than 28 credit hours. Pursuant to the distance learning waiver, any classroom-based course that has been converted to a virtual course as a result of the public health crisis will count fully as a classroom-based course – not a distance education course. If necessary, the Court is prepared to further extend the waiver of distance learning limitations, including into the Fall 2020 term.

On April 21, the Court considered and approved a number of additional dispensations related to law school instructional requirements and the bar admissions process. First, the Court is implementing a programmatic waiver of the full-time pro bono work requirement and the corresponding academic component of the Pro Bono Scholars Program (22 NYCRR 520.17 [c] [2] and 520.17 [c] [3]) for those enrollees expected to graduate in Spring 2020. The feasibility of the Pro Bono Scholars Program for the 2020-2021 academic term will be evaluated at a future date.

The Court also decided to temporarily waive several additional bar admission requirements for Spring 2020 graduates, including the Pro Bono Requirement for Bar Admission (22 NYCRR 520.16) and the Skills Competency Requirement for Admission (22 NYCRR 520.18). While applicants must still successfully complete the New York Law Course (NYLC) and the New York Law Examination (NYLE), the requirement that applicants complete the NYLC and pass the NYLE no earlier than one year before sitting for the Uniform Bar Examination (22 NYCRR 520.9 [a] [2] [ii] and 520.9 [a] [3] [ii]) will be temporarily waived for any applicant who fulfilled the NYLC and NYLE requirements after July 2019 and who first sits for the Uniform Bar Examination no later than 2021. The order can be accessed here. The Court has also approved the relaxation of specified application guidelines, including certain notarization requirements, original document requirements, and timing requirements. Those changes will be implemented through the Board of Law Examiners and the four Departments of the Appellate Division.

Additional updates, including information concerning the September bar examination, will be shared as soon as possible. Prior updates can be accessed here.

 


 

The Greene County Courthouse will re-open at 9 a.m. Monday, April 20, for essential matters.
The Third JD Administrative Office can be reached at 3rdJDAdministration@nycourts.gov or (518) 285-8300.

 


 

 

ARCHIVE OF COVID19 CONTENT:
April 13 to March 11, 2020

"The New York State Court System provides essential justice services to the people of the State of New York. As we resume in-person operations Statewide to include non-essential matters, all essential functions of the courts remain available to ensure that New Yorkers may access the justice system during this extremely challenging time."
- Chief Judge DiFiore


If you have specific questions about your juror service, a case already in court, or you need to start a court case, call: the Coronavirus Telephone Hotline: 833-503-0447.

JUROR SERVICE:
If you have been summoned for juror service or are serving on a jury, please see the notice from the Commissioner of Jurors regarding coronavirus and the flu.


TEMPORARY ORDERS OF PROTECTION issued in any court of the New York State Unified Court System which were due to expire on or after March 19, 2020 have been extended and are considered still in effect until parties are otherwise notified.  If you have had an Order of Protection issued against you and it expired on or after March 19, it is still in effect until you are otherwise notified and you must continue to obey all conditions of that Order .


RESCHEDULING CASES:
Parties will be advised of rescheduled Court dates when normal court business resumes.

Questions about the status of a particular case should be made to the court, at telephone numbers listed at the Court Locator. However, please be advised that, during this health emergency, communications may sometimes be difficult.