Re: KINGS COUNTY SUPREME COURT, CIVIL TERM
On August 5, 2020 I attended a ZOOM meeting of the Civil Forum hosted by the Honorable Lawrence Knipel and Honorable Ellen Spodek.
The attendees were advised that 360 Adams Street is in Stage 4 of the Court System Reopening Plan.
Much of the reopening continues to involve virtual operations. However, there is a COVID-19 ready courtroom available to be utilized. This courtroom can be used for an in-person bench trial, if a bench trial by SKYPE is not an option, or for a summary bench trial.
The foreclosure process is moving forward with the following assignments:
Honorable Robin Sheares Owner occupied properties
Honorable Mark Partnow Non-owner occupied properties
Honorable Lawrence Knipel Commercial properties
The Court was encouraging the reworking of discovery schedules where discovery deadlines occurred during the pandemic.
There was a discussion about a new Citywide PC order which is expected to be ready in the very near future.
It was suggested that a standard order for conducting virtual EBT’s should be created and utilized. Justice Knipel thought this was a good idea and he would endeavor to have this Order promulgated in the coming weeks.
GCP motions are to be submitted. It was recommended that the respective parties attempt to resolve issues by stipulation or stipulate to a briefing schedule. If necessary, applications for adjournments could be sent by e-mail directly to the assigned Judge’s staff.
It was recommended that an e-mail list of all critical personnel be created and disseminated in order to facilitate ease of communication between the bar and Court personnel.
Finally, we were advised that there is no longer a backlog of motions in civil term. However, Article 81 annual and final accountings were not considered in this assessment. Justices Knipel and Spodek assured us that they would look into this and report back within the next week regarding these matters.
We will endeavor to keep the membership apprised of developments regarding the operation of the civil term.
ANTHONY J. LAMBERTI