Public Information Director Arlene Hackel, Deputy Director (212) 428-2500
Date: April 13, 2020
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 YORK−A 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-essential” matters will remain in effect.