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Posted by: Robert Abruzzese on Feb 16, 2021

The New York State Court System recently issued a guide called, "Virtual Bench Trial Protocols and Procedures." The guide was written by Justice Norman St. George, Administrative Judge for the Nassau County Supreme Court, and it aims to present a simple and practical roadmap to conducting a Virtual Bench Trial.

From the guide:

The Covid-19 pandemic has required all Courts across New York State to innovate and adapt in order to continue to provide the effective and efficient administration of justice and Access to Justice for all Court users consistent with the highest standards of Chief Judge DiFiore’s Excellence Initiative. Our Courts have uniformly transitioned to Microsoft Teams as a platform to conduct oral arguments on motions, preliminary/status/compliance/pre-trial conferences, hearings, A.D.R. settlement conferences, inquests, criminal arraignments, and pleas all by virtual means in order to ensure the safety and health of all Court users.


New York State Courts have also utilized Microsoft Teams to facilitate Virtual Bench Trials. Virtual Bench Trials are, in all respects, identical to In-Person Courtroom Bench Trials in terms of the format, content and formality. However, certain modifications are necessary regarding the presentation of testimonial, documentary, and physical evidence in order to safeguard accuracy and ensure reliability.


Although these modifications are generally applicable to all types of Virtual Bench Trials in the various Courts, each Court should adapt the foregoing to their specific needs, requirements, and concerns. Included herein is a separate section that specifically addresses Virtual Criminal Bench Trial considerations. A Proposed Stipulation and Order for the parties to review and sign prior to the commencement of a Virtual Bench Trial is attached hereto as “Exhibit A”.


The following guide demystifies the proceedings and presents a simple and practical roadmap to conducting a Virtual Bench Trial. It also informs all participants on what to expect. This guide has truly been a collaborative effort. These materials represent a collection of the Best Practices from all of the Judicial Districts throughout the State. We thank all of the Administrative Judges, the Presiding Judge of the Court of Claims, the Supervising Judges, the Trial Judges, the Bar Associations, the District Attorneys, the Public Defenders, and the Lawyers who contributed their suggestions, comments, and concerns to this compilation. Special Thanks to Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Vito Caruso, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge George Silver, and Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Edwina Mendelson for their outstanding leadership, assistance, and guidance throughout these difficult times.

The entire 34-page guide is available on the Brooklyn Bar Association website.

Posted by: Robert Abruzzese on Feb 2, 2021

The Office of Court Administration announced on Tuesday a new set of recommendations for expanding the e-filing system and enhancing remote court operations during the remainder of the COVID pandemic and afterward.

The Commission to Reimagine the Future of New York's Courts, which was created last year and is headed by Henry Greenberg, the immediate past president of the New York State Bar Association, released two reports on Tuesday — one that called for the expansion of the court's e-filing system, and another that contains proposals for enhancing remote operations more generally.

“E-filing has proven a reliable, efficient way to expand access to justice, also serving to promote public health and safety throughout the pandemic by reducing courthouse traffic," said Chief Judge Janet DiFiore in a statement. "The report issued today by the Commission’s Structural Innovations Working Group highlights e-filing’s integral role in building a better, more accessible justice system, offering thoughtful proposals that serve to accelerate the expansion of the courts’ e-filing system."

Along with the reports, the Commission's Structural Innovations Working Group has called upon the State Legislature to amend the current law to allow for Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to make e-filing mandatory in all cases, with exceptions for pro se litigants. 

The Commission's Technology Working Group surveyed over 1,900 judges and their staffs and recommended banning the use of personal electronic devices to conduct official court business, scanners and printers be provided for judges, avoiding the use of fax machines and to use email as an alternative, and training for court employees on the efficient and secure use of mobile devices, as well as case and data management features and platforms that have been or will be implemented by the Court System.

“The recommendations in these two reports are necessary steps for the further development and enhancement of New York’s virtual court system. I am grateful beyond measure to the hard and inspired work of the Commission’s working groups on Structural Innovations led by Judge Leslie Stein and County Clerk Idoni, and Technology led by Mark Berman and Sharon Porcellio,” said Henry Greenberg.

Click here to read the report on e-filing.

Click here to read the report the technology survey.

Click here to read the press release regarding this announcement.

Posted by: Robert Abruzzese on Jan 29, 2021

 

Hon. Lawrence K. Marks, chief administrative judge of the New York State Unified Court System, issued a memorandum this week advising attorneys practicing in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx that the court system will expand the mandatory E-Filing system.

Beginning Feb. 16, 2021, the current mandatory E-Filing program in Kings County Supreme Court will be expanded to include all civil actions except:

  • CPLR Art. 70 Proceedings
  • CPLR Art. 78 Proceedings
  • Election Law Proceedings
  • Matrimonial Matters
  • Mental Hygiene Law Matters
  • Consumer Credit Transactions as defined in CPLR 105(f)
  • Residential Foreclosure Actions as defined in RPAPL 1304

Anyone who would like to comment on the court system’s E-Filing program are encouraged to email efilingcomments@nycourts.com no later than Feb. 12, 2021. The court has also created a website — www.nycourts.gov/rules/efiling/ — for public notice of any proposals to or expansions of the mandatory e-filing programs, and for posting any public comments received on such proposals.

Read Justice Marks’ memorandum in its entirety here:

Posted by: Jen Bryan on Nov 30, 2020

 

Presented by:
Lola Oguntunde-Waterman – Law Clerk to the Honorable Lisa S. Ottley, Kings County Supreme Court
Daniel R. Miller – Trustee and Chair, Brooklyn Bar Association Elder Law Committee

Lola’s Introhttps://vimeo.com/482424497

Question 1. What is a guardianship?

  1. https://vimeo.com/482416198
  2. https://vimeo.com/482417071

Question 2. How do I start a Guardianship Proceeding and who are the parties involved in a Guardianship Proceeding?

Dan’s Response Below.

Question 3. Can I commence a guardianship proceeding on behalf of myself?

https://vimeo.com/482418949

Question 4. What are some of the things I should consider before commencing a guardianship proceeding? 

Dan’s Response Below.

Question 5. What powers can a guardian request?

  1. https://vimeo.com/482420057
  2. https://vimeo.com/482421559

Question 6. What are my responsibilities as Guardian?

Dan’s Response Below.

Question 7. What are my rights as an Alleged Incapacitated Person?

https://vimeo.com/482422321

Question 8. What happens at a Guardianship Hearing?  

Dan’s Response Below.

Question 9. How long can a guardianship last?

https://vimeo.com/482423647

Question 10. Who is responsible for the expenses associated with a guardianship? 

ALL OF DAN’S VIDEOS ARE HEREhttps://www.icloud.com/photos/#00wBIo7ZWw0eEoWUSph5Dp7pg

Posted by: Jen Bryan on Nov 13, 2020

 

Please see the below link for a copy of the Resolution passed by the Brooklyn Bar Association Board of Trustees on November 11, 2020.

Resolution

Posted by: Robert Abruzzese on Nov 12, 2020

 

Dear Members:

I hope you and your families are safe and well.

The New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination today announced that it is seeking recommendations and applications of persons who may be qualified to serve as Associate Judge of the State’s highest Court, the Court of Appeals of the State of New York.  On June 4, 2021, a vacancy will exist on the Court due to the retirement of Associate Judge Leslie E. Stein.

Click here for the full press release issued by Henry M. Greenberg, Counsel for the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination.

Posted by: Jen Bryan on Sep 21, 2020

 

The Brooklyn Bar Association mourns the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Justice Ginsburg was lauded as a champion of justice and a defender of American democracy.  Her opinions were poignant and thoughtful, and her devotion to equality for all people under the law never wavered.

The Brooklyn Bar Association has a unique connection to Justice Ginsburg as she was born in Brooklyn on March 15, 1933, and Justice Ginsburg greeted several of our members after a swearing in ceremony at the Supreme Court of the United States in May of 2014.  As the second woman to take the bench on the U.S. Supreme Court, it was our great honor to have Justice Ginsburg swear in our board of trustees for the 1994-1995 cycle led by our second female president, Hon. Miriam Cyrulnik. Justice Ginsburg was more than a daughter of our beloved borough, or an intellectual, or a trailblazer, or an advocate of women’s rights.  She was also our hero, and her presence on the high court will be deeply missed.

Posted by: Jen Bryan & Robert Abruzzese on Mar 25, 2020

 

Feb. 8, 2021 — Chief Judge Janet DiFiore gave her weekly report on the state of the court system during the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday. Here are the highlights:

  • During the week of Feb. 1st, the courts heard 22,133 matters, settled or disposed of 5,752 of those matters, and issued more than 1,600 written decisions.
  • A total of 956 virtual bench trials and evidentiary and fact-finding hearings were commenced in NYS last week.
  • Snowstorms across the state did not interrupt court proceedings.
  • Unindicted Felony Parts in NYC completed their fourth week of operations, 756 cases were remotely conference which resulted in 165 additional dispositions. The judges have heard more than 3,200 cases.
  • The Commission on the Future of the NY Courts issued a report that recommended legislation to give the Chief Administrative Judge the authority to expand e-filing to all courts.
  • E-filing currently cannot be implemented in lower criminal courts, matrimonial actions, and most of the lower civil courts in the state.
  • Starting immediately, the court system will require full disciplinary hearings in all matters where the Inspector General has investigated and substantiated a claim of discriminatory conduct by one of its employees.
  • If a Hearing Officer sustains a charge of discriminatory conduct, the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge will consult with a "Special Panel" that will advise on the appropriate penalty to be imposed.
  • The Court has also issued a new "Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment" policy that is applicable to all non-judicial and judicial personnel.
  • The policy can be found on the court's website under "Latest News" or you can click here.

"We have a lot going for us, not the least of which is our commitment and determination to do the hard work, however long it may take, of creating a strong institutional culture of zero tolerance for bias and discrimination, a culture that treats every person with equal justice, dignity and respect," said Chief Judge Janet DiFiore during her address. "There can be no higher priority for us, and we will lead by example."

Click here to watch the Chief Judge's entire statement or to read a transcript of the video.

February 1, 2021 — Chief Judge Janet DiFiore gave a report on the virtual courts and also unveiled some new rules affecting case management and pretrial practice in New York Civil Courts, during her weekly state-of-the-judiciary address on Monday that she started giving when the pandemic began.

The new rules are modeled after similar rules that were implemented in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court and are aimed at streamlining discovery and reducing litigation costs, Chief Judge DiFiore said.

"In an effort to take advantage of these innovations as part of our Excellence Initiative, I tasked our statewide Advisory Committee on Civil Practice with evaluating and recommending those Commercial Division reforms deemed most suitable for adoption into general civil practice," said Chief Judge DiFiore.

"After nearly three years of intensive study, public comment and additional review and analysis by two working groups of leading judges and practitioners, the Administrative Board of the Courts has approved a broad set of amendments to the Uniform Civil Rules for the Supreme Court and the County Court, which are designed to make case management and pretrial litigation more efficient and cost-effective for lawyers and litigants in our civil courts," Chief Judge DiFiore continued. "A number of the changes also serve the goal of limiting unnecessary personal appearances and foot traffic in our courthouses."

Highlights include:

  • Presumptive limits on the number and duration of depositions.
  • Presumptive limits on interrogatories.
  • Requiring counsel to consult in good faith to resolve and narrow issues prior to a preliminary or compliance conference with the court.
  • Procedures for resolving discovery disputes and adhering to discovery schedules.
  • Staggered appearances for oral argument of motions to reduce courtroom congestion.

Click here to read the new rules in their entirety

Click here to watch the Chief Judge's entire statement or to read a transcript of the video.

January 25, 2021 — Chief Judge DiFiore reports on productivity among judges and staff

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, of the New York State Court of Appeals, reported during her weekly “Monday Message” that the court system has become more productive recently as judges and court staff continue to grow more proficient in delivering remote judicial services to attorneys and litigants virtually.

“…The productivity in our virtual courts for the holiday-shortened week of January 18th, our judges and staff conferenced and heard 19,633 matters; settled or disposed of 5,070 of those matters; and issued over 1,530 written decisions on motions and other undecided matters,” said Chief Judge DiFiore. “In addition, 673 virtual bench trials and evidentiary and factfinding hearings were commenced last week.

“The increasing number of virtual bench trials and evidentiary proceedings being conducted around the state each week reflects the growing proficiency of our judges and court staff in delivering remote justice services to lawyers and their clients, as well as the unrepresented, in our new virtual court model,” Chief Judge DiFiore continued.

During the weekly address, the Chief Judge also discussed the work of Nassau County Administrative Judge Norman St. George, who is working to cordinate a set of “best practices” to guide the bench and the bar in conducting virtual trials, and lauded the great work of the “Test Support Team” that the Office of Court Administration created to facilitate the transition to virtual courts.

Click here to read her statement in its entirety or to read a transcript of the video.

January 11, 2021 — Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement on Monday where she explained how the Office of Court Administration is working with Gov. Cuomo’s Office to get priority status to ensure that judges, their professional staff, and court officers receive priority for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Until then, I am absolutely certain that our judges and professional staff are up to the challenge, and my confidence is underscored by the growing productivity of our virtual court model,” said Chief Judge DiFiore. “During the first week of the new year, our judges and staff conferenced and heard 22,673 matters, settled or disposed of 6,078 cases and issued over 1,700 written decisions on motions and other undecided matters. In addition, 756 virtual bench trials and evidentiary and factfinding hearings were commenced last week.

“All in all, a highly productive and encouraging first week of virtual operations in 2021, reflecting the determination of our judges and staff to do their level best to move their dockets forward and promptly and fairly adjudicate cases in these extraordinary times,” Chief Judge DiFiore continued.

Click here to read her statement in its entirety or to read a transcript of the video.

January 4, 2021 — Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

December 28, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

December 21, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

December 14, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

December 11, 2020 – Governor Cuomo signed executive order 202.79 detailing the continuation of the temporary suspension/modification of laws relating to disaster emergency. You can read the full document in this link.

December 7, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

November 30, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

November 23, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

November 16, 2020 – Commission to Reimagine New York’s Courts issues initial recommendations. Click here for the report. Click here for the memorandum from Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks.

November 16, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

November 13, 2020Memorandum from Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks regarding revised pandemic procedures in Trial Courts.

November 9, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

November 2, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

October 30, 2020 – Notice for Kings County Surrogate’s Court from the desk of Surrogate Margarita López Torres.  Click here for the full notice.

October 26, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

October 19, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

October 13, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

October 5, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

September 29, 2020 – Court System Rolls Out New Online Tools to Facilitate Expanded Use of Mediation. Click here to read press release.

September 21, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video. In this edition the Chief Judge discusses Civil Trials and the use of Skype for all filings.

September 14, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

September 8, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

August 31, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

August 24, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

August 10, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

August 6, 2020 – Governor Cuomo signed executive order 202.55 detailing the continuation of the temporary suspension/modification of laws relating to disaster emergency. You can read the full document in this link.

August 3, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

July 29, 2020 – Updated Discovery Parts’ Instructions: Click here to view all documents.

July 27, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

July 20, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

July 7, 2020Memorandum from Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks – Grand Juries to Resume in NYC; NYC Courts to Expand In-Person Criminal Proceedings.

July 6, 2020 – Governor Cuomo signed executive order 202.48 detailing the continuation of the temporary suspension/modification of laws relating to disaster emergency. You can read the full document in this link.

June 29, 2020Revised Guidelines Aim to Facilitate Swifter Provision of Appropriate Accommodations for Court Users with Special Needs

June 29, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

June 23, 2020Courts in New York City to Begin Second Phase of Gradual Return to In-Person Operations

June 23, 2020 – Update – Surrogate’s Court E-filing Protocol 

June 22, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

June 18, 2020The Jewish Bar Alliance will be hosting a Town Hall regarding the status of the Trial and Appellate Courts in the 1st and 2nd Deparments in the wake of COVID-19 on June 25th at 5:30 PM.

June 15, 2020Revised Administrative Order from Hon. Lawrence Knipel regarding an extension on all Notes of Issue

June 12, 2020Administrative Order from Hon. Lawrence Knipel regarding an extension on all Notes of Issue

June 10, 2020Surrogate’s Court E-Filing Protocol

June 7, 2020Statute of Limitations extended to July 6, 2020 – Gov. Andrew Cuomo Executive Order

June 1, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

May 27, 2020Suggested Protocols for Matrimonial Actions -Planning for In Court Operations May 27, 2020

May 26, 2020Important Information about Small Business Economic Recovery and COVID-19 Loans and Assistance

May 26, 2020Updated protocols from Queens Surrogate Peter J. Kelly

May 26, 2020Press Release – Courts in Mid-Hudson Region and Long Island Begin Return to In-Person Courthouse Operations

May 25, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

May 20, 2020Memorandum from Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks regarding filing of new non-essential matters through the New York State Electronic Court Filing System (NYSCEF).

May 20, 2020 – Press Release – Courts in 13 Counties in Western New York and the Capital Region begin to return to In-Person Courthouse Operations

May 19, 2020 – NYC Housing Court Judges to Conduct Virtual Conferences in Pending Eviction Matters – Click here to read more.

May 18, 2020Update from Statewide Coordinating Judge of Matrimonial, Hon. Jeffrey Sunshine regarding E-Filing Links and Resources

May 18, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

May 12, 2020Kings County Surrogate’s Court – Remote/Virtual Operations Update

May 12, 2020New York City Criminal Court Protocols for Virtual/Remote Preliminary Hearings for CPL 180.80

May 11, 2020 – The New York State Court of Appeals has issued a notice to the bar about digital filings through a companion upload portal similar to the state court’s Court-PASS system.

May 11, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view or read a transcript of the video.

May 8, 2020Message from Hon. Ellen Biben and Directory – New York County Supreme

May 6, 2020Administrative Order of the Appellate Division: Second Judicial Department

May 4, 2020Public Notice: EDDS: UCS Program for Electronic Delivery of Documents

April 30, 2020 – Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks has issued a memorandum which details next steps including expanded motion practice through e-filing.

April 27, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view. For a transcript of the video and more information, please visit nycourts.gov.

April 24, 2020 – Brooklyn Supreme Court to begin using electronic monitoring instead of bail – Click here to read more.

April 21, 2020The Court of Appeals issued an order today implementing temporary changes to requirements for law students, law schools, and recent graduates including waivers of several bar admission requirements for spring 2020 graduates, including pro bono work.

April 21, 2020 – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore issued a video statement regarding the status of the courts. Click here to view. For a transcript of the video and more information, please visit nycourts.gov.

April 16, 2020Updated protocols for the Kings County Surrogate’s Court that are consistent with the Administrative Order of Chief Administrative Judge Marks, dated April 8, 2020.

April 8, 2020 – Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks has issued an order finalizing plans for the state court system’s “virtual courts” to begin handling some non-essential matters starting Monday, April 13.

April 8, 2020 – The New York bar examination has been rescheduled for Sept. 9-10, 2020. According to the New York State Board of Law Examiners, the application period for the rescheduled exam is slated to open on May 5 at 12 a.m. and close on May 30 at 11:59 p.m.

April 7, 2020 – Governor Cuomo signed executive order 202.14 detailing the continuation of the temporary suspension/modification of laws relating to disaster emergency. You can read the full document in this link.

April 7, 2020 – On Monday, April 13, 2020, New York State courts will resume handling more than essential and emergency matters through virtual courts. Please review the full memo from Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks in this link.

April 6, 2020 – Virtual Courts Statewide Up and Running – Notice from Hon. Lawrence K. Marks

March 27, 2020 – Kings County Surrogate’s Court – NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ADJOURNMENT  – As a result of the Office of Court Administration’s procedures to combat the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health and safety of our workforce and our court community, The Kings County Surrogate’s Court has administratively adjourned without date all matters that were returnable before Surrogate Margarita López Torres on April 7, 14, 21, 28, 2020 and all matters that were returnable before Surrogate Harriet L. Thompson on April 9, 16, 20, 23, 30 2020. (Surrogate’s Court of Kings County, 2 Johnson Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, phone number (347)404-9700).

Every Thursday – Lawyer to Lawyer Roundtable: Peer Support When You Need It Most – Join other lawyers, law students and judges from across the state in a free and confidential support group being held weekly on Thursdays at 4:00 pm via Zoom, https://nysba.zoom.us/j/550259037  The group will be facilitated by Libby Coreno, Chair of the Attorney Wellbeing Committee and Kerry O’hara, PsyD. Each group session will be loosely organized under a theme for discussion. All participants will be given the opportunity to share if they wish, with supportive discussion to follow. The L2L Roundtable is supported by the Attorney Wellbeing Committee and by the Lawyer Assistance Program.

March 30, 2020NYC Surrogate Courts Essential Applications– 
In light of recent developments in the coronavirus public health emergency in New York State, ESSENTIAL APPLICATIONS ONLY will be considered by the Court. Please call the phone number or e-mail below before coming to Court:
Bronx County – 718-618-1894; emadera@nycourts.gov
Kings County – 347-404-9720; daquinn@nycourts.gov
New York County – 917-509-7218; dsanabri@nycourts.gov
Queens County – 718-298-0777; jlbecker@nycourts.gov
Richmond County – 718-675-8504; rcerrach@nycourts.gov

March 26, 2020 – Update and Current Plans for Virtual Courts throughout the State as distributed by the 10th Judicial District – click here

March 25, 2020 – update from Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks regarding virtual court operations in NYC – click here

March 25, 2020 – Message from NYC Law Department – Fay Leoussis – Chief, Tort Division – click here

March 17, 2020 – Update from Elder Law Committee Chair, Daniel Miller –
Emergency Applications Only will be accepted for the Guardianship part. Documents that are electronically signed WILL be accepted by the clerk for the time being. The emergency application must be accompanied by an Affirmation/Affidavit of Emergency in addition to the OSC, Petition and NOP.

March 16, 2020 – Kings County Civil Term Administrative Directive – click here