COVID-19 Relief Law - New York Court Status Update
The New York courts issued guidance on May 25, 2020 regarding the present status of in-person court activities, new action filing, and tentative timeline moving forward.
Last week courts resumed in-person court operations in 40 counties in the six regions which met the state’s seven public health benchmarks for economic reopening: the Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, North Country, Central New York and Western New York regions.
Tuesday, May 26th, the courts are restoring in-person court operations in eight more counties in the Capital Region. The courts have been informed that the Mid-Hudson and Long Island regions are expected to hit the requisite benchmarks later this week and resume operations.
Another important step in the return to a new normal is, effective today, filing of new lawsuits and court matters previously classified as “nonessential.” In regions that have reopened, new matters must be filed electronically in those courts that use our NYSCEF e-filing system, and by mail in those courts where NYSCEF is unavailable. In regions that have not yet met the benchmarks for reopening, new matters may now be filed electronically in those courts that use the NYSCEF system. Details are set forth in Administrative Order 114, on the New York court's website.
This week judges in the high-volume New York City Housing Court will begin conducting virtual conferences in pending eviction cases, where both sides are represented by counsel, in order to facilitate settlements prior to the influx of new eviction cases that the court anticipates will be filed as a result of the pandemic.
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