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Effective January 1, 2019, Queens County Civil Court will have Evening Small Claims Court on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings only. Kings County Civil Court will have Evening Small Claims on Tuesday and Thursday evenings only.

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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Going to Housing Court? There are five new slideshows to help you get ready.

New Universal Access to Legal Services law provides free lawyers to some tenants. Use the Interactive Guide to see if you qualify.

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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, 2019.*

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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