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April 30, 2020
Please see the latest memorandum from Chief Administrative Judge Marks HERE.

Please click HERE for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest Executive Order. You can also view his briefing HERE.

April 27, 2020
Please click HERE for a video message from Chief Judge DiFiore regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic and the New York State Courts.
For a transcript of the Chief Judge's message, please click HERE.
April 23, 2020
You will please find the latest Bankruptcy Court Order HERE.
April 22, 2020
Please see the latest "Schedule B" HERE.

Please click HERE to see the new Administrative Order regarding E-Signatures.
April 21, 2020
Please click HERE for a video message from Chief Judge DiFiore offering an update on virtual court operations.  
For a transcript of the video, please click HERE.
April 20, 2020
Please click HERE for the updated protocol for Westchester Surrogate’s Court as of April 20, 2020.
April 15, 2020
Please see the latest Administrative Order HERE.
April 10, 2020
New York State Empire State Development issued the following guidance regarding the status of lawyers as essential workers:
Lawyers may continue to perform all work necessary for any service so long as it is performed remotely. Any in-person work presence shall be limited to work only in support of essential businesses or services; however, even work in support of an essential business or service should be conducted as remotely as possible.
For more information, please click HERE.

Please see the latest Memorandum from the Honorable Kathie E. Davidson, Ninth JD Administrative Judge, regarding the commencement of case conferencing effective next Monday, April 13th.
April 9, 2020
Please see the 9th JD Virtual Chambers Protocol for Phase 1 HERE.

Please see the latest Administrative Order HERE.
April 7, 2020
Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a new Executive Order today that addresses remote witnessing. The order, among other issues, clarifies the requirements needed to allow the remote signings of such documents as deeds, wills, powers of attorney forms and healthcare proxies.
The order states that the law authorizes the use of audio and video technology if the following conditions are met:
  • The person requesting that his or her signature be witnessed, if not personally known to the witness(es), must present valid photo ID to the witness(es) during the video conference, not merely transmit it prior to or after;
  • The video conference must allow for direct interaction between the person and the witness(es), and the supervising attorney, if applicable (e.g. no pre-recorded videos of the person signing);
  • The witnesses must receive a legible copy of the signature page(s), which may be transmitted via fax or electronic means, on the same date that the pages are signed by the person;
  • The witness(es) may sign the transmitted copy of the signature page(s) and transmit the same back to the person; and
  • The witness(es) may repeat the witnessing of the original signature page(s) as of the date of execution provided the witness(es) receive such original signature pages together with the electronically witnessed copies within thirty days after the date of execution.
  • Virtual Courts to Expand April 13
  • The New York State Unified Court System officially announced today that beginning Monday, April 13 its virtual courts will begin handling more than just essential and emergency matters.

The New York State court system has issued this Memorandum regarding next steps for courts.
April 6, 2020
Please click HERE for a video message update from Chief Judge DiFiore.

The New York State court system has issued this Press Release regarding virtual courts operating statewide.
April 1, 2020
Please refer to the amendment to the Second Amended Administrative Order (issued March 30, 2020).

Please see the Ninth Judicial District Administrative Order regarding Virtual Courtroom Protocol and Virtual Courtroom Procedures