In the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, New York Courts have been essentially closed with respect to non-essential matters. Over the past two weeks, the State began implementing a virtual operations model for essential matters in the Criminal, Family and Landlord Tenant Courts. Essential matters are defined as criminal arraignments, bail, custodial issues in the Family Court and residential eviction. Based upon the success of the operational model, the New York State Courts are commencing virtual operations via video and telephone conferencing in Non-Essential Matters Statewide. The State expects to begin virtual operations for the Courts in New York City beginning on April 13, 2020. While the Courts will still prohibit new filings, the Justices will be reviewing their case inventories to identify cases that could be moved forward and/or resolved via telephone and video conference, as well as addressing any discovery disputes that can be handled remotely. The Justices will also be considering fully submitted motions. The high volume centralized DCM parts in New York City and down State Counties will be reviewing their calendars so cases can be assigned out to various Justices to conduct remote conferences in those matters as well.
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