In the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, New York Courts are 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 essential matters in the Central and Western part of the State, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The State expects to begin virtual operations for the Courts in New York City beginning on April 6, 2020, but it is limiting those operations to essential Court Matters in the Criminal, Family and Landlord Tenant areas only. At present, all non-essential Court Matters have been postponed statewide until further notice. The State is working to implement virtual operations for non-essential matters and will issue updates as progress is being made. If you have any questions, please click here to contact an attorney in the Firm’s New York office.