NY Courts Shut Down ‘Nonessential’ Services Temporarily

Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks announced that New York’s court system is postponing all “nonessential” services as officials attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus.

All eviction proceedings and pending eviction orders will be suspended statewide and felony matters where the defendant is not in custody will be “administratively adjourned” pending further notice.

Felony matters where the defendant is in custody will be “administratively adjourned” or be conducted via video conference in New York City and other jurisdictions that use this technology

In the state court’s appellate division, the First, Second and Third Departments announced the end of in-person arguments asking attorneys to make written submissions instead. in the First and Second Departments, Skype may be an option for oral arguments in some circumstances. In the Third Department, attorneys were asked to request a new date on the calendar. The Fourth Department, where arguments are not set to begin again until March 30, had yet to make an announcement on the issue.

In Supreme Court, justices may still allow “essential applications,” like civil commitments, guardianships and Mental Hygiene law applications, the memorandum reported. And Family Court may still allow issues tied to juvenile delinquency proceedings, family offenses and child protection proceedings.

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