Brooklyn Bar Association News


Posted by: Robert Abruzzese on May 24, 2021

As of May 24, all judges and court employees have returned to their respective courthouses across New York State, but that does not mean a return to normal. The court will continue screening people as they enter buildings, requiring the use of face masks, and other protocols.

Here are a list of guidelines issued by the courts:

All visitors to courthouses and other facilities in the New York State Unified Court System are required to submit to temperature screening and a COVID-19 risk assessment inquiry before being granted entrance. This includes parties, attorneys, witnesses, jurors, spectators, law enforcement officers, prisoners, vendors, and all other non-court system personnel.

You are required to wear your mask, maintain social distancing, and follow the health and safety instructions of court personnel.

You Should Not Enter the Courthouse if you:

  • Have flu-like symptoms; or
  • Have recently tested positive for COVID, or have been directed to quarantine, isolate or self-monitor at home for the coronavirus by any doctor, hospital, or health agency; or
  • Have recently had close contact with a person testing positive for COVID (unless you are fully vaccinated or have yourself recently recovered from COVID*); or
  • Have returned from international travel within the last 10 days (unless you returned 8-10 days ago and took a viral COVID test 3-5 days after your return**).

* If you are covered by this close contact exemption, please be prepared to provide proof of vaccination or recent recovery from COVID.

** If you are covered by this exemption, please be prepared to provide proof of your test results.

Please Note: The guidelines listed here are subject to amendment in accordance with changing directives of State and federal health authorities. Check back here for updates.