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.”
● 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