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By Administrative Order dated March 2, 2018, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks further deferred the promulgation of the example of a notice of petition to be used in a proceeding under article 7 of the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law on the ground that the respondent has defaulted in the payment of rent. In light of the Order of the Chief Administrative Judge, petitioners in nonpayment proceedings may continue to rely on the example of a notice of petition provided in 22 NYCRR § 208.42(d) pending the effective date of AO/168/17.

There have been changes to the Heat and Hot Water maintenance requirements by the NYC's Housing Preservation & Development (HPD). Until further notice, the New York County (Manhattan) Help Center will NOT have Thursday evening hours.

New York County Room Changes
Please be advised of the following room changes that will take effect in the New York County Civil Court, effective April 23rd, 2018:
  • No-Fault, Special Term 1 & 2, and TAP Parts will be in room 949.
  • Part 52 will be in room 775.
  • Small Claims Part (AM/PM) will be in room 353.
  • Name Changes will be in room 353 on Tuesdays from 2 to 5 PM,
    and on Wednesdays from 9:30 AM to 1 PM.
  • Forum Selection Part will be held in room 421.

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Community Seminar Series

Community Seminars are free and open to the public. To suggest topics, please send email to

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CourtHelp, the court system's website for unrepresented litigants, has just undergone a major redesign which enables users to easily find the help they need when they are going to court without a lawyer. Visit the site at:

Five new interviews conducted in coordination with the 40th Anniversary of NYC Housing Court in 2013 have been posted on the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program's YouTube channel. Three Judges, Jaime R. Rios, Peter M. Wendt and Jerald R. Klein, and two former landlord-tenant practitioners, Kent Karlsson and Daniel Finkelstein, share their recollections about the formation, implementation and advancement of the Housing Court. These oral histories from the people who were there at the Court's inception provide a unique window to the past. Anyone who has had contact with the Housing Court over the past 40 years will find the never-before-seen footage extremely interesting. Also available on YouTube are videos of Judges Israel Rubin, Fern A. Fisher, Margaret Cammer and former court employee William Etheridge, which were previously posted. Watch for more videos coming soon in December.

Audio has been added to the NYC Civil Court's Tenant Affidavit to Restore to Calendar DIY Form program. Audio can be turned on and off by the user. The goal of the audio feature is to improve the DIY Forms' experience for unrepresented litigants with limited English proficiency and lower reading comprehension, as well as users who process information better from spoken rather than written words. The program is available through the Civil Court's Housing website, as well as CourtHelp.

A new video celebrating the 40th anniversary of Housing Court is posted on the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program's YouTube channel. This video was produced for the New York City's Housing Court's 40th anniversary. On March 11, 2013 the Association of the Housing Court Judges, The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at NYU, and the New York City Bar Association held a conference called "New York City's Housing Court at 40: Controversies, Challenges and Prospects for its Future". This video is a compilation of interviews of many people who were involved with the formation of Housing Court, its implementation and its advancement.

The Civil Court is now accepting electronic filing in No-Fault actions. To learn how to participate, contact Eddy Valdez at 646 386-5417 or email

The Civil Court has a new easy to use DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Form that will prepare a personalized individual adult name change petition ready to print and file in a New York City Civil courthouse.

Small Claims Court Action Center (SCCAC) - Connect with a trained, local volunteer counselor for free guidance and procedural information concerning the Small Claims Court. Student counselors - trained and supported by staff attorneys - from all across New York State offer information, assistance and consumer counseling free-of-charge. Each year, NYPIRG counselors help hundreds of New Yorkers understand their rights and navigate through the small claims courts - from filing claims to collecting judgments.

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Continuing Legal Education

The Housing Court's Volunteer Lawyers Program offers free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) certified training to attorneys who agree to volunteer in the Court's Help Centers by giving unrepresented litigants legal advice and information. Register now by submitting an on-line application and email us at

If you would like to receive an email announcement of the next training, please fill out the on-line application

Eight and a half hours of Free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit is offered for our "Fundamentals of Landlord-Tenant Law" training course, including a half hour of Ethics. This required course is taught by experts in their field. In exchange for the free CLE credit, attorneys commit to volunteering in the Housing Court's Help Centers for a minimum of twelve hours over the course of six months.

Thank you for your interest in the Housing Court Volunteer Lawyers Program!

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Guardian Ad Litem Program

The Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Program offers free training to attorneys and non- attorneys interested in becoming a Guardian Ad Litem in Housing Court. Participating attorneys are provided with free CLE credit, including one credit hour of ethics. This required course is taught by a panel of experts in the fields of legal and social work advocacy and landlord-tenant law.

GALs are required to accept at least 3 pro bono appointments per year. Pro bono appointments are appointments involving a ward that is not a client of Adult Protective Services (APS) and therefore do not carry compensation.

The GAL Program will be offering its next training in June, 2017.*

To learn more about how to apply to become a GAL and participate in the next training, please go to Prospective Guardian Ad Litem Application Process. If you need additional information, send an email to

*Note: Attorneys admitted to the NY State bar for less than two years cannot receive CLE credit for watching video replays, but are welcome to participate in the GAL Program.

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Small Claims Arbitrators

For information regarding Arbitrator training and Continuing Legal Education opportunities please visit or email Thank you.














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