New York State Courts

New York State Unified Court System Press Release April 13, 2020

 

Scales of Justice

New York State Unified Court System

Hon. Lawrence K. Marks Chief Administrative Judge

Contact:
Lucian Chalfen,
Public Information Director Arlene Hackel, Deputy Director (212) 428-2500

www.nycourts.gov/press

Date: April 13, 2020

PRESS RELEASE

Virtual Courts Expanded Beyond the Limited Category of Essential and Emergency Matters
Courts Begin Hearing Pending Matters; Ban on New Filings Still in Effect

NEW YORKA week since the statewide rollout of virtual court operations−allowing essential and emergency proceedings, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, to be conducted remotely by Skype or teleconference−Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks today announced that this temporary “virtual court” model is being expanded beyond the limited category of essential and emergency matters. (For list of essential/emergency proceedings, see Administrative Order 78/20 athttps://www.nycourts.gov/whatsnew/pdf/AO-78-2020.pdf.)

Over the past two weeks, the New York State Courts’ trial court efforts have centered on arraignments, bail applications, orders of protection and other essential and emergency criminal, family and civil matters. Following a successful transition to a virtual court system for the handling of essential and emergency matters statewide, the court system is extending its focus to include pending tort, asbestos, commercial, matrimonial, trusts and estates, felony, family and other cases, which make up the vast bulk of trial court caseloads. The existing ban on the filing of new non-essentialmatters will remain in effect.

 

Thanks to the adept leadership of our administrators and staffin particular, the herculean efforts of our highly-skilled technology teamand the collaboration of our justice partners, the New York State court system, within just two weeks, has successfully implemented a virtual framework for handling all essential and emergency matters. Building on this framework, we can now begin to focus on the rest of our caseload, enabling judges and non-judicial employees across the State, who are anxious to get back to work and do their part, to be active and serve the public in this time of great need,” said Chief Judge DiFiore.

Starting today, judges will begin remotely scheduling and conducting conferences and hearings to address discovery disputes and other outstanding issues, advancing progress and facilitating resolution in pending civil and criminal cases that fall outside the limited scope of essential and emergency matters. These are preliminary−but significantsteps forward as we strive, in these challenging times, to carry on the vitallyimportant business of the courts,” said Chief Administrative Judge Marks.

During the past week, judges have been reviewing their non-essential case inventories, looking for ways to move these pending matters forward, both in New York City and districts in Long Island and upstate.

Court proceedings for pending non-essential matters will be heard virtually, with all interactions taking place by video or telephone, and administrative and court staff assisting judges in the use of Skype and other technology platforms to conduct conferences, access records and perform other essential tasks.

Judges and attorneys will participate remotely, with a very small number of Court Clerks and Court Officers continuing to staff designated courthouse locations to process critical paperwork and provide essential security. “We are immensely grateful to these dedicated court employees who continue to report to work so that our courts can deliver justice at this critical time,” said Chief Judge DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Marks.

While calendared proceedings will be open to the public, court security personnel will strictly monitor and may limit access to maintain social distancing in accordance with current public health authorities’ guidelines.

As the court system continues to evaluate and adjust its operational plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Judge Marks added that further steps to increase access to justice in non-essential matters will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information about virtual court operations in your local county or Judicial District, as well as updates relating to COVID-19’s impact on the New York State Courts, go to: www.nycourts.gov.

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CONRONAVIRUS AND THE NEW YORK STATE COURTS

Inside New York City, most courthouses remain open at this time – although several steps have been taken to reduce traffic inside those courthouses for health reasons. Outside New York City, all court operations have been localized in a single court in each county. (List of Localized Courts and Locations). Judges and staff in all these courts perform “essential functions” – court functions that cannot be postponed without serious consequences to the parties involved.

Essential functions in various courts include, but are not limited to, the following:

Supreme Court: Mental hygiene applications, civil commitments and guardianships, and others as the court may allow.

Family Court: Child protection proceedings, juvenile delinquency proceedings, family offenses, and emergency support orders, and others as the court may allow.

Housing matters: Essential applications such as landlord lockouts, serious coded violations, and repair orders, and others as the court may allow.

New York City Criminal Court/City Courts: Criminal arraignments, requests for protection orders, driver’s license suspension lifts, and emergency applications, and others as the court may allow.

All courts: Judges may determine that other individual matters are “essential.”

Please note:

Jury trials in progress in civil and criminal cases shall continue. However, no new problems will be started until further notice.

Unique parts – including motion parts, PC parts, compliance parts, and others – have been suspended.

Residential evictions, court-ordered auctions, and residential foreclosure proceedings have been suspended.

Rescheduling: Parties will be advised of rescheduled Court dates when regular court business resumes.

 

Questions about the status of any particular case should be made to the court at telephone numbers listed at the Court Locator. However, please be advised that, during this health emergency, communications may sometimes be challenging.

 

Notifications about updates also will be sent out via the New York Courts Alert Emergency Portal (to sign up to receive alerts, visit: www.nycourts.gov/alerts/)

 

Access to New York State courthouses by persons who have been diagnosed with or are at risk of the coronavirus is not permitted. If you have a matter with a scheduled appearance and fit into this health category, please call the court for further information.

Jury service: While most jury service has been suspended, if you receive a juror notice in the coming weeks, please follow the instructions set forth on that notice. However, if you are summoned to a (grand) jury, please be aware of the restrictions that apply to prospective jurors at risk of the coronavirus.

If you believe that you are a victim of Domestic Violence or fear your immediate safety, please call your local police department right away.

Information about reported coronavirus contacts in the court

 

If you have any questions relating to the coronavirus and the courts, please call the Coronavirus Telephone Hotline at 833-503-0447. For the latest information on coronavirus and guidance on how to protect yourself, visit: the New York State Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control. The State Department of Health also has a coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065. Your healthcare professional always is the best person to consult for questions about your personal health and well-being.  For more information, visit www.undisputedlegal.com

What You Need To Know About Local Court In New York

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City Courts: A City Court exists in every city in the state, excluding New York City, and hears both civil and criminal cases. Its criminal caseload includes misdemeanors, violations, traffic offenses, and the preliminary stages of felonies. The City Court hears civil cases involving amounts up to $15,000, small and commercial claims, and disputed traffic tickets. City Court judges are elected to 10-year terms. 

New York City Courts:: The Criminal Court of the City of New York hears misdemeanors, other violations, and the preliminary stages of felony cases. The mayor appoints Criminal Court judges from a list of candidates submitted by the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary for 10- year terms. 

The Civil Court of the City of New York hears all cases involving amounts less than $25,000. It includes a Housing Part, which hears landlord and tenant matters, and a Small Claims Part that hears claims for amounts less than $3,000. Civil Court judges are elected to 10-year terms. 

District Courts: The District Court exists only in Nassau and Suffolk counties and hears misdemeanors, violations, the preliminary stages of felony cases, civil cases involving amounts up to $15,000, landlord and tenant matters, commercial issues, and small claims cases. The District Court also hears traffic misdemeanors. Judges are elected to 6-year terms. 

Town and Village Justice Courts: Town and Village Courts hear misdemeanors, violations, traffic offenses, and the preliminary stages of felony cases when the offense was committed within the town’s or village’s geographic boundaries. The Town and Village Courts also hear civil cases involving amounts up to $3,000, landlord and tenant matters, and small claims cases. Judges, who do not have to be attorneys, are elected to 4-year terms. 

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What Are Trial Courts ?

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Supreme Court: The Supreme Court is a statewide trial court that has the broadest jurisdiction of any court. The Supreme Court hears civil and criminal cases, but not claims against the state. It is the only court that handles divorces, annulments, and separations. Supreme Court justices are elected for 14-year terms. 

Family Court: The Family Court, present in every county in New York State, hears cases involving children and families including child custody and support, neglect and abuse, juvenile delinquency, family offenses (i.e. domestic violence), and paternity. The Family Court does not decide divorce, annulment, or separation proceedings. In New York City, pursuant to an executive order, the Mayor appoints Family Court judges from a list of candidates submitted by the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary. In all other counties, Family Court judges are elected. All Family Court judges serve 10-year terms. 

Surrogate’s Court: The Surrogate’s Court handles all cases involving wills, estates, and property of deceased persons, and guardianships. The court shares authority with the Family Court in adoption cases. Surrogate Court judges are elected for 10-year terms in most of the state (14-year terms in New York City). 

County Court: The County Court hears felony cases and civil cases involving claims of $25,000 or less. Each county, excluding the five counties of New York City, has a County Court. The County Courts in the Third and Fourth Departments hear appeals from cases originating in the City, Town, and Village courts, although they primarily function as trial courts. County Court judges are elected for 10-year terms. In some rural upstate counties, County Court judges serve simultaneously as the local Family Court judge and/or the local surrogate. 

Court of Claims: The Court of Claims is the exclusive forum for civil claims brought against the State of New York or its state agencies. The governor appoints the judges of the Court of Claims from a list submitted by a state judicial screening committee for 9-year terms. 

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The Structure of Appellate Courts

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Court of Appeals: The Court of Appeals is the highest court in the state. As the state’s court of last resort, the Court of Appeals hears appeals from the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. The court has seven judges, six associate judges, and the chief judge. Court of Appeals judges are appointed for 14-year terms by the governor who must make an appointment from a list of seven “well-qualified” candidates submitted by the bipartisan 12-member Commission on Judicial Nominations. The New York State Senate must also confirm the nomination. 

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court: The Appellate Division hears civil, criminal, and family court appeals. There are four Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court, one in each of the state’s four judicial departments. Appellate Division judges are appointed by the governor. In each judicial department, prior to appointment, candidates are screened by judicial screening committees also appointed by the governor. The governor may select a candidate deemed highly qualified by the committee but is not obligated to do so. The judges for the Appellate Divisions must be selected from among elected Supreme Court judges. 

Appellate Term of the Supreme Court: Appellate Terms of the Supreme Court exist in the First and Second Departments to hear appeals from civil and criminal cases originally heard in the Civil and Criminal Courts of the City of New York. In the Second Department, the Appellate Term also has jurisdiction over appeals from civil and criminal cases originating in District, City, Town and Village courts. The Chief Administrative Judge appoints the judges of the Appellate Term from among sitting Supreme Court judges. 

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Brooklyn Family Court Address Directions

330 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: (347) 401-9610
Fax: 347-401-9609

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon – Fri

ADA accessibility: Ramp is located at the main entrance of the courthouse. Contact the court for other accommodations.

Directions: BQE to Tillary St. Exit or Belt Parkway to BQE to Tillary St. Exit.

Courthouse services: Children’s Center, First Floor, 347-401-9630

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Brooklyn Criminal Court – Address

120 Schermerhorn St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 646-386-4500
Fax: 718-643-7733

Hours: 9 a.m. – 1 a.m. Sun-Sat

ADA accessibility: Ramp at the front of the courthouse. All courtrooms are accessible—accessible restrooms and telephones on the first floor. Contact the court for specific accommodations.

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Brooklyn Civil Court – Address-Directions

141 Livingston St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

88 Visitation Pl.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(Red Hook Community Justice Center)

Phone/Fax:
General Info. (212) 791-6000
Civil 347-404-9123
Housing 347-404-9201
Small Claims 347-404-9021
Red Hook – Housing 718-923-8270

Hours:
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Housing Court Clerk’s Office
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri
8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thurs
Small Claims Clerk’s Office
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri
9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thu
Small Claims Night Court
6 p.m. – Midnight Thurs.
Cashiers close 1/2 hour before closing.

ADA accessibility: The building is accessible to persons with disabilities. Contact the court for specific accommodations.

Directions: The court is located at the corner of Livingston and Smith streets in downtown Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn Supreme Court – Address/Directions

Civil
360 Adams St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718-675-7699

Criminal
320 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 347-296-1076

County Clerk’s Office

Directions: The court facilities are located in downtown Brooklyn. From Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island, take BQE to Atlantic Ave. Exit. From the Bronx or Manhattan, take the Brooklyn Bridge, which leads directly into Adams St.

Transportation: Subway: R to Court St.; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Boro Hall; A, C, F to Jay St./Boro Hall;
Bus: Numerous buses stop in the vicinity of the courts. For the number of the bus and the location of the bus stop nearest the building, you wish to reach, call the MTA at 718-330-1234.

Court Services: Public Access Law Library, 360 Adams Street, Room 349, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., M-F, 347-296-1144

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