Inside New York City, most courthouses remain open at this time – although a number of 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 are performing “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 other 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 orders of protection, 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.”
● Jury trials in progress in civil and criminal cases shall continue. However, no new trials will be started until further notice.
● Special 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 normal court business resumes.