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Court Updates - COVID-19

7th Judicial District – NYS Courts

Plan to Return to Return to In-Person Arraignments (Jun 17, 2021)

Administrative Order 144 (May 17, 2021)

Virtual Proceeding Protocols – Family Court (May 12, 2021)

Virtual Proceeding Protocols – Supreme Civil & Surrogate’s Courts  (May 12, 2021) 

Press ReleaseChief Judge Janet DiFiore to Host Online Law Day Program (April 30, 2021)

7th JD 12th Amended Admin Order (April, 23, 2021)

Updated Operating protocols Effective April 26, 2021 (April 22, 2021)
Town & Village OP
Updated Safety and Operational Protocols for Coronavirus (April 01, 2021)
Update: All cases pending in Supreme Court, Civil/Commercial Division are eligible for our free Court Mediation Program that provides mediation at no cost.  Alternatively, parties can retain a private mediator from the Court’s Mediator Panel at a reduced cost.  In addition to the traditional method of obtaining a referral to mediation through a conference with the assigned judge, we are now offering access to Court Mediation by filing the Consent to Mediation found on our website.  When the Consent is executed and filed in NYSCEF, the judge will automatically issue an Order of Referral to Mediation without the need for a conference.  The form and all ADR information are found on our website.

Press Release: Commission on Judicial Nomination is seeking recommendations and applications of persons who may be qualified to serve as an Associate Judge of the State’s highest Court, the Court of Appeals of the State of New York.  As you will see, a vacancy now exists on the Court due to the retirement of Associate Judge Paul G. Fineman. (March 30,2021)

Administrative Order AO/95: Commercial Forclosures (March 7, 2021)

Administrative Order AO/96: Commercial Evictions (March 17, 2021)

Commercial Rules: Commercial Rules Made Uniform Supreme & County Court Rules – AO 270/20 (March 3, 2020)

Updated Operating Protocols for Superior/City Courts for the 7th Judicial District Effective February 22, 2021 (February 19, 2021)

Updated Operating Protocols for Town & Village Courts) for the 7th Judicial District Effective February 22, 2021 (February 19, 2021)

New York State Unified Court System


New ADA Accommodation Request Form (June 3, 2021)

New York State Court System Returns to Full Staffing (May 24, 2021)

(March 31, 2021)
Chief Judge Janet DiFiore Delivers Message on COVID-19 and the New York State Courts (March 26, 2021)
Chief Judge Janet DiFiore Delivers Message on COVID-19 and the New York State Courts (March 8, 2021)
Public Announcement regarding the reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge Carl L. Bucki, of the Western District of New York (March 3, 2021)
Administrative Order 057/202 - Child and Parent Security Act (February 11, 2021)
The Commission to Reimagine the Future of NY's Courts Issues Recommendations to Expand E-Filing, Enhance Virtual Operations. Press Release Here. (February 2, 2021)

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Court Operations during COVID-19 Pandemic Event:
The Court has issued a General Order updating Court Operations and Access (12/8/2020).  Effective December 8, 2020, all civil and criminal jury trials are continued until February 24, 2021. All personal appearances are also continued unless the presiding judge deems a personal appearance essential. Appearances will be coordinated with the chambers staff and courtroom deputies assigned to a particular judge. Please contact chambers to determine the status of any matters you may have scheduled.

New York Courts Emergency  Alert Portal

Effective January 30, 2020, the NYS Unified Court System has initiated a new system to send out notifications about court closures and other USC emergencies. The New York Courts Emergency Portal will replace Twitter notifications. Among other new features, the portal will allow users to receive information about specific counties of their choosing and specify their preferred method of notification.

The new portal is hosted by NYAlert, a state public notification platform with a well-established record of reliable performance.

Twitter notification discontinued on March 15. For more information and to register for the portal, click here.

Click here for the full notice from the NYS Unified Court System.



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