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Civil Term - Part 17, Courtroom 116, Courtroom 48

Justice Orin R. Kitzes
88-11 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11435
Chambers Ph: (718) 298-1003
Courtroom Ph: (718) 298-1002
Fax Ph: (917) 522-8621

Preliminary Conference | Compliance Conference | Pre-Trial Conference | Motion Practice | Electronic Filing of Legal Papers | Inquiries


Preliminary Conference

A preliminary conference shall be scheduled (1) automatically by the court within 45 days after filing a request for Judicial Intervention, pursuant to 22 NYCRR 202.12(b), or (2) upon filing a written Request for a Preliminary Conference with the Clerk's Office (Room 140) in compliance with 22 NYCRR 202.12(a) or an appropriate notice is filed in malpractice or certiorari cases pursuant to 22 NYCRR 202.56 and 202.60.

All Preliminary Conferences will be held on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Preliminary Conference Part, Room 3002 of the Courthouse, and they are presided over by the court-appointed referee, unless otherwise directed by the court. Failure to appear at the scheduled preliminary conference may result in discovery being ordered ex-parte or any other appropriate sanction including preclusion or dismissal ordered. Please do call Chambers in regard to Preliminary Conferences, contact the Preliminary Conference Part at (718) 298-1046

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Compliance Conference

For all Non-Commercial cases, Compliance Conferences shall be held on the date scheduled in the Preliminary Conference Stipulation and Order. Conferences shall be held before Justice Ritholtz in Courtroom 313.

For all Commercial cases, Compliance Conferences shall be held on the date scheduled in the Preliminary Conference Stipulation and Order. Conferences shall be held before Justice Kitzes in Courtroom 116.

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Please refer to the Rules of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court , New York Rules of Court Section 2-202.70

Pre-Trial Conference

Counsel attending the conference must be fully familiar with and authorized to settle, stipulate, and dispose of the action(s).

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Motion Practice

All motions noticed after October 1, 2012 will no longer be held in Part 17 and will he returnable to the Centralized Motion Part. Please refer to the Centralized Motion Part rules located at:

All inquiries regarding such motions shall be made to the Centralized Motion Part Office at (718)298-1728. No calls are to be made to Chambers.

For motions made returnable prior to October 10, 2012:

The motion calendar will be called every WEDNESDAY at 9:30 a.m. promptly. A second call will follow immediately thereafter.

All motions and applications are to be submitted on papers only, except those relating to any phases of discovery and/or bills of particulars, including motions to strike or restore a case from trial calendar, which require personal appearance by counsel for all parties. Counsel should be prepared to discuss and agree upon a discovery schedule.

Oral argument will be entertained only in the Court's discretion.

Use of calendar service is permitted both to submit papers and to request counsel adjournments, which will be limited to two. The first adjournment on consent will be allowed on papers, thereafter attorneys seeking a further adjournment must appear.

Do not call the Part or Chambers for adjournments as NO ADJOURNMENTS WILL BE GRANTED ON THE TELEPHONE. The Court will not consider papers sent to Chambers or to the Part after submission.

The members of the Bar should make every effort to notify their adversaries and co-counsel of all applications for adjournments in advance.

The Court requests that any attorney appearing on a case for any purpose must be familiar with the case, ready and authorized to resolve any and all issues.

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Electronic Filing of Legal Papers

Electronic filing is available for filing legal papers with this Court. Parties interested in electronic filing should read the materials set forth at The rules and User’s Manual for electronic filing are available on this web site. As an additional requirement for electronic filing of papers in Part 17, parties must serve hard copies with attached Confirmation Notice upon the Part where the motion is returnable.

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All inquiries as to case or calendar status are to be made to the appropriate Clerk's office.

IAS Motion Support Office (718) 298-1009
Ex Parte Support Office (718) 298-1018


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