Court Updates - COVID-19

7th Judicial District – NYS Courts

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 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 is 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)

Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms are now available (January 26, 2021)

Administrative Order AO/270/20 (January 22, 2021)

Commercial Division Memo from Hon. Scott Odorisi (January 5, 2021)

Local Commercial Rules (January 5, 2021)

Updated Operating Protocols effective December 9, 2020 (December 8, 2020)
Seventh Judicial District 10th Amended Administrative Order referencing the Updated Operating Protocols
(November 24, 2020)
Updated Operating Protocols for the 7th Judicial District - effective Monday, November 23, 2020

Administrative Order AO/268/20, regarding eviction proceedings (November 18, 2020)

Revised Pandemic Procedures in the Trial Courts, Enhanced Guidance (November 13, 2020)

New Letter Application to Convert Pending matter to E-Filing (November 4, 2020)

Administrative Order AO/254/20, prescribing forms for use in electronic filing in New York Supreme Court through the New York State Courts Electronic Filing (NYSCEF) program.(November 2, 2020)

Administrative Order 232/20 from Judge Marks regarding foreclosure matters. (October 23, 2020)

Independent Review of Court System Policies, Practices and Programs Yields Recommendations Aimed at Advancing Equal Justice in the New York Courts: Press Release Here (October 15, 2020)

Ninth Amended 7th Judicial District Administrative Order (October 14, 2020)

Updated Return to In-Person Operations Plan, effective October 19, 2020 (Posted October 14, 2020)

Additional Information for Transition to Microsoft Teams (September 30, 2020)

On September 29, 2020 Hon. Craig Doran announced two new supervising judges for Criminal Courts and Matrimonial Matters. On November 1, 2020, the Hon. Judith Sinclair will be the 7th Judicial District Supervising Judge for Criminal Courts. In June 2021, the Hon. John Gallagher will take on the role of 7th Judicial District Supervising Judge for Matrimonial Matters. The MCBA looks forward to working with both judges in their new roles. (Septmeber 29, 2020)

The Courts will soon transition to microsoft teams with the following schedule:
  • Commencing immediately, a virtual court proceeding to be held after October 1, 2020, may be scheduled using Microsoft Teams.
  • On and after October 1, 2020 ALL virtual court proceedings must be scheduled using Microsoft Teams
  • Notwithstanding the foregoing, after November 25, 2020, all virtual court proceedings must be conducted using Microsoft Teams. 

Eighth Amended Administrative Order (August 14, 2020)

Court House Notice: New York State Coronavirus Quarantine Watchlist  (July 13, 2020)

Safety Protocols and the Commencement of RIOP Phase IV (July 1, 2020)

Upstate Courts to Begin Phase 4 of Return to In-Person Operations (June 30,2020)

Seventh Amended Administrative Order (June 30, 2020)

Phase 4 Return to In-Person Operations Plan (June 26, 2020)

New York State Unified Court System
Public Annoucment regarding the reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge Carl L. Bucki, of the Western District of New York (March 3, 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)
Transcript Here
Transcript Here

Revised Pandemic Procedures in Trial Courts (Nov 13, 2020)

Memo and Administrative Order Regarding Resumption of Normal Practices of Filing and Service (Nov 9, 2020)
Evictions Memo (October, 9 2020)


New York September Bar Exam Cancelled (July 16, 2020)
The New York Court of Appeals on Thursday announced the planned Sept. 9 and 10 in-person exam will not happen.

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.

U.S. District Court Access to Remote Proceedings for the Public and Press (Posted July 15, 2020)

Guidelines for Jury Trials During the Return to Onsite Operations (Posted July 10, 2020)

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.

Archived Announcements 
Memo: Transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams for Court Proceedings (July 31, 2020)