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Courthouse Updates

Uniform Civil Rules Revisions

Courthouse Updates


December 23rd, 2010:
Please note Justice Delores Thomas' rules have been revised.

December 9th, 2010:
Please note the Phone Directory and the Judges Directory has been updated.

November 19th, 2010:

Please note Justice Kenneth Sherman's rules have been revised.

September 18th, 2010:
Please note Justice Debra Silber's part rules have been added to the website.

September 10th, 2010:
Please note the Phone Directory and the Judges Directory have been updated. In addition, the Ex-Parte page now lists the Part 72 judges for the designated term.

September 7th, 2010:
Please go to the Motion/Trial Support webpage for an important update regarding medical malpractice cases.

August 13th, 2010:
1. Please go to the Foreclosure webpage and the Motion/Trial Support webpage for important updates and changes.

2. Three new administrative orders can be found by clicking on "Uniform Civil Rules Revisions," at the top of the page.

July 23rd, 2010:
1. Please disregard the previous update regarding the City Trial Readiness Part (CTRP). Hon. Spodek will continue to preside in CTRP, except during the week of August 2nd, which will be covered by Hon. Schneier.

2. Effective September 1st, 2010, motions in foreclosure actions should no longer be made returnable in the Foreclosure Motion Part. On or after this date, foreclosure motions should be made returnable directly to the assigned judge’s part. The Motion Support Office will then reschedule these motions to the assigned judge’s next available motion day for argument. Counsel may consult the New York Law Journal or the Unified Court System’s Future Court Appearance system for the rescheduled date.

Foreclosure motions that are accompanied by a new RJI, should be made returnable to "an IAS Part to be assigned". The Motion Support Office will randomly assign these motions and schedule them for the assigned judge’s next available motion day.

July 16th, 2010:
Important information regarding the parts for Hon. Hurkin-Torres, Hon. Kurtz, and Hon. Toussaint has been revised.

During Term 8, which is in effect Monday, July 19th, 2010, Hon. Spodek will sit in the CTRP during the week of July 19th, 2010. Hon. Schneier will preside over the part for the remainder of the term.

To see these revisions, you may click on the Phone Directory link in the menu.

June 11th, 2010:
Hon. Delores Thomas' part rules have been revised.

June 1st, 2010:
Information regarding electronic filing in Kings County has been added to the website.

May 21st, 2010:
Please note Hon. Kenneth Sherman and Hon. Wayne Saitta's rules have been revised.

May 14th, 2010:
Hon. Wayne P. Saitta's part rules have been added the Judge's Rules.

May 12th, 2010:
Three new administrative orders pertaining to electronic filing can be found by clicking on "Uniform Civil Rules Revisions." These orders are in effect as of April 26th, 2010.

May 5th, 2010:
Please note the following changes in judicial assignments:

For the next four terms, Justice Ellen Spodek will preside over the City Trial Readiness Part. Justice Spodek will also retain her guardianship inventory. During this period, Justice Donald S. Kurtz will preside over trials in Part 26. Justice Kurtz will also preside over the Default Judgment Part.

The telephone number for the Foreclosure Department has been revised.

To see these latest revisions, you may click on the telephone directory.

April 23rd, 2010:
The directory has been updated to include three acting supreme court justices, who still hear cases at Kings Civil Court, 141 Livingston Street. They are Hon. Johnny Lee Baynes, Hon. Noach Dear, and Hon. Wavny Toussaint. Please click on the telephone directory for the latest revision.

April 12th, 2010:
Effective immediately, all new Article 78 proceedings against the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) will be assigned to Judge Johnny Lee Baynes. Judge Baynes will be assigned to Part 68 and his motion calendar will be called in Room 1204 at the Civil Court Building, 141 Livingston Street. Counsel and litigants are advised to check either the New York Law Journal or the Unified Court System's Future Court Appearance System for the dates these motions have been scheduled for oral argument.

March 29th, 2010:
The following judges have moved to new chambers:
Hon. Rachel Adams- Room 389
Hon. Delores Thomas- Room 451
Hon. Richard Velasquez- Room 477

Special Referee Charmaine Henderson's courtroom is located in Room 455.

Please click on the telephone directory for the latest revisions.

March 1st, 2010:
Click on the telephone directory for the latest updates.

Commercial Foreclosure Actions (revision in italics):
Effective February 4th, 2010, new RJI's filed in commercial foreclosure actions will be assigned to Justice Robert J. Miller in Commercial Division Part 4. Litigants filing RJI's in these matters should clearly indicate that the nature of the proceeding is a “commercial foreclosure action” in either the “Other Commercial” or “Other Real Property” section of the RJI. Motions in these matters should be made returnable in Commercial Division Part 4, rather than the Foreclosure Motion Part, and counsel should consult either the Law Journal or the Unified Court System’s future court appearance system for the date assigned for oral argument. The RJI should also indicate whether there are any related actions pending in the Commercial Division so that an appropriate assignment of the case can be made.

If a commercial foreclosure action is assigned to a non-commercial part because the filing party did not designate the case as a "commercial foreclosure action" on the new RJI, any other party may apply by letter application (with a copy to all parties) to the Administrative Judge, within 10 (ten) days after receipt of a copy of the RJI, for a transfer of the case to Commercial Division Part 4. The determination of the Administrative Judge shall be final and subject to no further administrative review or appeal.

Commercial foreclosure actions, with RJIs filed prior to February 4, 2010, will remain with the previously assigned judge.

February 3rd, 2010:
Commercial Foreclosure Actions-
Effective February 4th, 2010, new RJI's filed in commercial foreclosure actions will be assigned to Justice Robert J. Miller in Commercial Division Part 4. Litigants filing RJI's in these matters should clearly indicate that the nature of the proceeding is a, "Commercial Foreclosure Action" in either the, "Other Commercial" or, "Other Real Property" section of the RJI. Motions in these matters should be made returnable in Commercial Division Part 4, rather than the Foreclosure Motion Part, and counsel should consult either the Law Journal or the Unified Court System's future court appearance system for the date assigned for oral argument. The RJI should also indicate whether there are any related actions pending in the Commercial Division, so that an appropriate assignment of the case can be made.

If a commercial foreclosure action is assigned to a non-commercial part because the filing party did not designate the case as a, "Commercial Foreclosure Action" on the RJI, any other party may apply by letter application (with a copy to all parties) to the Administrative Judge, within ten (10) days after receipt of a copy of the RJI, for a transfer of the case to Commercial Division Part 4. The determination of the Administrative Judge shall be final and subject to no further administrative review or appeal.

January 29, 2010:
1. Two recent revisions have been made to the Uniform Civil Rules regarding papers being filed in the courthouse and residential mortgage foreclosure actions. Scroll down to the "Uniform Civil Rules Revisions" for more information.

2. Chambers, courtrooms, and telephone numbers have been updated in the telephone directory. Please click on the link for the latest.

3. Hon. Kenneth Sherman's part rules have been added to the Judge's Rules.

January 21, 2010:
Motions to vacate Notes of Issue, noticed to be heard on or after February 1, 2010, will no longer be scheduled in the Centralized Compliance Part. This includes motions that also seek ancillary relief. These motions will now be re-scheduled by the Motion Support Office to the assigned judge's next motion date for oral argument. Counsel should consult the Law Journal at http://www.nylj.com or the Unified Court System's future court appearance system for the date assigned for oral argument.

January 4, 2010:
The Judges of the Civil Term of Kings County Supreme Court have adopted new uniform rules effective January 2, 2010. The rules are available by clicking on "Rules" and are also available on the Law Journal's website at http://www.nylj.com under "Court Notes."

Effective January 4, 2010, except for foreclosure matters, all cases previously assigned to Justice James Starkey will now be assigned to Justice Robert Miller. Foreclosure cases previously assigned to Justice Starkey will be randomly assigned to all Civil Term justices. All cases previously assigned to Justice Bruce Balter will now be assigned to Justice Debra Silber.

There have been numerous courtroom and chamber moves within the Civil Term. Please click on "Phone Directory" for the latest moves.

August 24, 2009:
Due to renovations taking place at the 360 Adams Street courthouse, the following courtroom changes will take place effective August 24, 2009:

The Intake Part will relocate to Room 524.

The Central Compliance Part will relocate to Room 469.

Foreclosure Auctions and the Foreclosure Motion Part will relocate to Room 224.

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Revisions to Uniform Civil Rules For Supreme Court

Revised August 13, 2010

202.12(b) - Appearance by Counsel at a Preliminary Conference (Amended 7/27/10)

202.70(g) - Rules of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court [Amended Rule 1 (Appearance by Counsel with Knowledge and Authority) on 7/27/10]

202.16a - Matrimonial Actions; Automatic Orders [Amended (c)(2) on 7/1/10]

202.5-b. - Electronic Filing in Supreme Court; Consensual Program (Amended 4/26/10)

202.5-bb - Electronic Filing in Supreme Court; Mandatory Program (New section added 4/26/10)

202.5 - Papers Filed in Court [Section (d)(1) amended 4/26/10]

202.12-a - Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Actions; Settlement Conference (Amended 2/13/10)

202.12c - Electronic Discovery

202.12i - PC-Terminally Ill

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