Brooklyn Bar Association News

Posted by: Robert Abruzzese on Jul 16, 2021

Fully-Vaccinated Attorneys can apply for court passes to allow them to use the courts without a mask/safety screening

On Wednesday, the New York State Court System opened for limited filings and along with that it announced that attorneys and court users who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 can show proof of that vaccination to request a court-issued pass permitting them to enter the courthouse without completing a health-safety screening and without a wearing a mask.

Judges and court employees who can prove that they are fully vaccinated will be able to enter court facilities without having their temperature taken, completing the online COVID-19 Daily Self-Assessment, or wearing a mask.

Any attorneys or court users who have not been issued a pass must complete the health-safety screening and wear a mask at all times.

To obtain this pass — attorneys must show a valid secure pass or valid office/agency identification along with proof of vaccine. Acceptable proof of a COVID-19 vaccination includes a vaccination card, a photograph of a COVID-19 vaccination card, or the COVID-19 Vaccination New York State Excelsior Pass. Passes will be valid for 90 days.

For a complete list of the current COVID protocols for entering a courthouse, see