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November 23: Message from Chief Judge DiFiore

Transcript of the Chief Judge's Message


 

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Latest News:

The NY State Courts, except for criminal arraignments, will be closed on Thursday, November 26th.

 

Nov. 23, 2020
Survey Spurs Recommendations to Enhance Gender Fairness in NYS Courts: Press Release | Report

Nov. 19, 2020
Limited English Proficiency Report

Nov. 17, 2020 - Press Release
Milton Mollen Award Recipients to Be Honored at Virtual Ceremony

Nov.17, 2020 - Memo
Revised Procedure for Addressing Eviction Proceedings

Nov. 16, 2020 - Press Release
Commission to Reimagine the Future of NY’s Courts Issues Initial Recommendations

Nov. 13, 2020 - Memo
Revised Pandemic Procedures in the Trial Courts

Oct. 27, 2020 - Press Release
New Administrative Judge Named in Third Judicial District

Oct. 26, 2020
Jury Trials Resume in New York City
New York County Supreme Court – Civil & Criminal Terms
60 & 100 Centre Streets, New York City

PPE bags at 60 Centre Street

Photo: PPE bags at 60 Centre Street.

On Monday, October 26th criminal jury trials commenced in New York, Kings and Richmond Counties for the first time since mid-March. Criminal trials will resume next week in Queens and the Bronx. Civil trials also resumed in New York and Queens Counties. Civil trials resumed last week in the Bronx, Kings and Richmond Counties. Jury trials commenced outside New York City in early September.

Distanced seating for Jurors

Photo: Distanced seating for Jurors.

Approximately 4,600 prospective jurors in all five boroughs have been summoned to report over a series of days to prevent crowding.

Judge Michael Obus conducting voir dire on a criminal case

Photo: Judge Michael Obus conducting voir dire on a criminal case.

Each county will have one criminal trial at a time and should any adjustments need to be made they will be implemented.

Jurors are screened upon arrival at the courthouse, temperatures taken and are given masks, face shields, hand sanitizer and gloves, if requested.

Courtrooms have Plexiglas barriers and seating is appropriately distanced.

Plexiglas surrounds all public facing areas

Photo:Plexiglas surrounds all public facing areas.

 

Counsel tables with Plexiglas barriers.

Photo: Counsel tables with Plexiglas barriers.

 


 

Oct. 22, 2020
Revised Procedure for Foreclosure Proceedings

 


 

Oct. 15, 2020
Independent Review Yields Recommendations to Promote Diversity, Advance Equal Justice in the NYS Courts
Special Adviser on Equal Justice, Report Cover

 

Oct. 09, 2020
Eviction Proceedings: Revised Procedure (Effective Monday, October 12)

 


Oct. 05, 2020
Uniform Case Scheduling Order Adopted in City Civil Cases Litigated in Supreme Court Across New York City

 


Oct. 02, 2020 - Press Release
Innovative Access to Justice Initiative Launched in Westchester

 


Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 - Press Release
Court System Rolls Out Online Tools to Facilitate Expanded Use of Mediation

 


Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 - Press Release
Chief Judge Names Business Council to Boost Access to Justice Efforts

 


Friday, Sept. 18, 2020
Statement from Chief Judge Janet DiFiore regarding the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The New York State Unified Court System mourns the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a native New Yorker and pioneering lawyer and judge who made history as the second woman ever to serve on our nation’s highest court.  After graduating first in her class from Columbia Law School, Justice Ginsburg overcame adversity and gender-based discrimination to become a distinguished law professor and influential national advocate for women’s rights.  In 1993, she was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton, where she spent the next 27 years forging an exceptional legacy as a stellar judge and passionate defender of constitutional rights.  Throughout her judicial career, Justice Ginsburg remained close to the New York legal community and returned here often to participate enthusiastically in bar- and court-sponsored lectures and events.  We feel like we have lost one of our own, and we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.

 


 

Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 - Press Release
Important Information Regarding NY's Recently Enacted Expungement Law

Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 - Marihuana: Destruction of Expunged Conviction Record

Friday, Sept. 11, 2020

   
9/11 Commemoration: Unified Court System Remembers Officers Killed at the World Trade Center

 



September 9th, 2020

Photo of Jury Trial

Resumption of Jury Trials Begins Outside of New York City
Cromarty Court Complex, Riverhead, New York

On Wednesday, September 9th, 2020, a slow measured pilot program to resume in person jury trials commenced outside of New York City.

Schyler County began picking jurors for a civil trial and in Suffolk County Court, jurors were being picked for both a civil and a criminal trial. To ensure health and safety, Court Officers supplied masks and face shields to whom ever requested one.

Photo of Court Officers at a Jury Trial

This follows the resumption of the empaneling of Grand Juries in July outside of New York City and August in New York City. More than one hundred Grand Juries have been seated by the end of August Statewide.

Photo of a Jury Trial

 

September 9, 2020 - Chief Judge’s Civil Legal Services Hearing: 9/21

August 12, 2020 - Eviction Proceedings, Order & Memo

August 10, 2020 - Grand Juries Sworn In

On Monday August 10th, Grand Juries resumed hearing cases in New York City. They join the other 57 Counties outside of New York City that began hearing cases on July 13th.

photo of outside the courthouse

There will be a total of fourteen seated Grand Juries in the City’s five counties, four in Manhattan, three each in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens and one in Richmond.

photo of inside the courthouse

Jurors will be required to wear masks and jury rooms will be outfitted with all appropriate health and safety measures with an emphasis on social distancing at all times.

Senior Court Clerk Jon Helfman greets prospective grand jurors at 100 Centre Street in Manhattan.

photo of inside the courthouse

 


August 5, 2020 - Press Release
Commission to Reimagine Future of NY Courts Issues Its First Report | Report

 

August 3, 2020 - Press Release
Appellate Term Appointments Announced

 


July 28, 2020
Murder Trial Resumes in Bronx Supreme Court

Judge at Bench in front of In God We Trust

Tuesday, July 28th, marked the resumption of an Intentional Murder jury trial in Bronx Supreme Court before Judge Steven Barrett. The jury, which had already been seated before trial operations ceased in mid-March due to the pandemic, returned, albeit with the courtroom looking very different.

Courtroom with people in  it

Twelve jurors and three alternates, all socially distanced two seats apart in three rows, resumed listening to testimony.

 


 

July 24, 2020 - Memo
Revised Procedure for Addressing Residential & Commercial Foreclosure Proceedings

July 23, 2020 - Press Release
New Administrative Judge Named in Suffolk County

July 23, 2020
Bronx Supreme Court

As New York City courthouses continue to gradually increase in-person operations, the Bronx Hall of Justice implemented safety enhancements including plexiglas and markings on court benches and elevators.

Photo of elevator floor with sticker marking social distancing

Photo of Justice Robert Neary presiding over cases in the SCA Part under the watchful eye of court officers

Justice Robert Neary presides over cases in the SCA Part under the watchful eye of court officers.

Photo of Bronx Hall of Justice courtroom benches marked to ensure social distancing

Bronx Hall of Justice courtroom benches marked to ensure social distancing.

 


 

July 23, 2020
Court Officers Graduate

Having to reinvent the way the New York State Court System conducts business due to the pandemic has been paramount over the past few months.

Photo of graduating Court Officers

In mid-March the current class of 211 Court Officer recruits was suspended and their graduation in April postponed.

Photo of graduating Court Officers

Over the past few weeks, smaller groups of recruits returned to the Academy to complete their basic training. This is the first of 6 squads to return to and complete their basic training. A total of 36 trainees, 32 for courts outside New York City and four for 4 New York City courts graduated this week and will deployed starting Monday.

The remainder of the class, five more squads, are all destined for New York City courts.

 

 

ARCHIVE OF COVID19 CONTENT:
July 17 to March 11, 2020

"The New York State Court System provides essential justice services to the people of the State of New York. As we resume in-person operations Statewide to include non-essential matters, all essential functions of the courts remain available to ensure that New Yorkers may access the justice system during this extremely challenging time."
- Chief Judge DiFiore


If you have specific questions about your juror service, a case already in court, or you need to start a court case, call: the Coronavirus Telephone Hotline: 833-503-0447.

JUROR SERVICE:
If you have been summoned for juror service or are serving on a jury, please see the notice from the Commissioner of Jurors regarding coronavirus and the flu.


TEMPORARY ORDERS OF PROTECTION issued in any court of the New York State Unified Court System which were due to expire on or after March 19, 2020 have been extended and are considered still in effect until parties are otherwise notified.  If you have had an Order of Protection issued against you and it expired on or after March 19, it is still in effect until you are otherwise notified and you must continue to obey all conditions of that Order .


RESCHEDULING CASES:
Parties will be advised of rescheduled Court dates when normal court business resumes.

Questions about the status of a 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 difficult.