Over the course of the last week, New York State has issued various Orders modifying its Court procedures in response to the public health emergency created by COVID-19. On March 20, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.8 suspending the Statute of Limitations on any matter until April 19, 2020, among other items. On March 22, 2020, New York Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks issued Order AO/78/20 which prohibits the County Clerk, or any Court, from accepting any papers for filing that are not defined as essential. An essential filing would be a temporary order of protection, an emergency application related to the coronavirus, or any other matter deemed by the Court to be essential. In accordance with the prior Orders issued by Judge Marks, no defaults or judgments will be entered, and all motion practice is suspended at this time. In essence, the New York Courts are essentially closed until further notice. If you have any questions, please click here to contact an attorney in the Firm’s New York office.