Stay Informed with the MCBA
The Monroe County Bar Association strives to keep its members up-to-date on the latest developments in the legal community and at the MCBA.
In recent months, as courts have begun to increase in-person appearances while continuing virtual appearances, we have received questions from attorneys and litigants. Judge Craig Doran, Administrative Judge for the Seventh Judicial District, has maintained frequent communication with bar leaders in Monroe County and throughout the district. When asked about some of the new procedures, he provided us with answers to some frequently asked questions. See the questions and answers here: https://mcba.org/?pg=MCBANews&blAction=showEntry&blogEntry=62588
Governor Cuomo has announced the end of NY’s State of Emergency declared on March 7, 2020 to fight COVID-19. View the announcement here: https://lnkd.in/dCgsSXs.
The expiration of the State of Emergency as of today, June 24, means that modifications and suspensions made through Executive Orders in response to COVID-19 will end after TODAY, including REMOTE NOTARIZATION. While the legislature passed legislation to make remote notarization permanent, that bill has not yet been sent to the Governor and is not yet law. We will keep you posted as we learn more.
In light of the announcement from the Governor today that the declaration of emergency will be rescinded at the end of today (and along therewith the Executive Orders that were predicated on the declaration of the state of emergency), Hon. Craig Doran announced that there will be changes to court operations. Most notably, with the exception of proceedings in Ontario County, the authority to conduct virtual criminal proceedings (including all virtual arraignments) has been rescinded. For criminal proceedings in Ontario County, please refer to Article 182 of the Criminal Procedure Law. In all other counties, matters scheduled for virtual appearances after today will be adjusted appropriately. At the present time, Judge Doran does not anticipate any changes to in-person/virtual operations in civil courts or Family Court.
Legislative Update: The Driver’s License Suspension Reform Act (DLSRA) recently became effective allowing any person whose driver’s license was suspended for non-payment of a traffic fine OR a failure to appear in court to respond to a traffic summons, to have their driving privileges restored. The legislation also allows courts and traffic violation agencies to enter into payment plans (starting June 29th) with individuals to allow payment of unpaid fines and fees. For more information about this, click here.
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