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An Update on Covid-19 (March 17, 2020)
We want to send additional updates as they become available to us as to how we are responding to the current Covid-19 Corona Virus outbreak and how it l will affect your case. Since many of our clients have active cases that require making appearances in a NYS courthouse this creates a unique challenge to our ability to access court facilities.
As of March 17, 2020, The NYS Courts will be closing their regular operations and will only be available to continue to provide “critical emergency relief”. This type of relief is only for 5 different types of cases and usually involve civil liberties. For example a child protective case where a child is about to go into foster care or a Juvenile delinquency case where they are looking to remand the child.
Effective March 17, all existing scheduled court proceedings will be administratively adjourned by the court clerk usual without input by the attorneys. Adjourn dates will be mailed and/or transmitted by email to litigants. The court will not dismiss cases based upon the non-appearance of parties and/or counsel. The cases will be administratively adjourned.
If you would like to check on an adjourn date you can use the e-courts system. Using the docket number or file number of your case you can enter it to find your rescheduled court date. If you would like to check please go here.
The best way to reach us at this time is by email, text or your previously issued secure client portal. Office visits are by appointment only.
Please make sure to include your name and contact information. Please bear in mind that this increased volume may cause some delay in responding to any specific request.
The NYS courts have set up a web page for users of the courthouse including litigants. The direct link for most current updated The information is here. The following information has already been provided to us through the NYS Court website:
New York State is experiencing an increase in cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and it is expected that the virus will continue to spread. Please be assured that the New York State Court System is monitoring developments closely and is working with our partners at all government levels to take appropriate measures as the situation progresses, and to ensure that courthouses statewide are prioritizing the health and safety of all visitors. Please continue to visit this site for updates on the latest developments concerning the New York State Courts.
Notice of Court Status:
If conditions warrant court closure or any change in operations, notice will be posted on the court system’s web site at: www.nycourts.gov, and at 800-268-7869. Notifications also will be sent out via the New York Courts Alert Emergency Portal (to sign up to receive alerts, visit: www.nycourts.gov/alerts/)
If you have been summoned for juror service or are serving on a jury, please see the notice from the Commissioner of Jurors regarding coronavirus and the flu.
For the latest information on coronavirus and guidance on how to protect yourself, visit: the New York State Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control. The State Department of Health also has a coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065. Your healthcare professional always is the best person to consult for questions about your personal health and well-being.
If you, a family member or someone you have been in contact with is experiencing fever, shortness of breath, persistent cough and body aches please do not come to court. To get healthy, protect yourself and those around you we strongly consider that you :
If you do decide to be outside please protect others by:
Use soap and water for visibly dirty hands (20 seconds) or an alcohol-based hand rub (at least 60% alcohol) frequently for non-visibly dirty hands.
When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.
Hands touch many surfaces that can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care immediately.
The CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) are updating their sites with the latest information.
This page will continue to be updated as developments occur.
For those clients who would like some resources for themselves of others:
You can also text “covid” to 692692” for Notify NYC updates.
To find ways to cope with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks go here,
For those clients, friends and family members who have children, our office wants to supply additional support during these times and share helpful resources on COVID19:
PBS has offered guidance on how to speak with children about the virus here:
The Association of School Psychologists has also offered advice on how to
speak with children here:
If you are looking for a way to share information about the virus in the form of a comic book craft project because a school has been canceled go here. For instructions on completing the comic book, the project goes to a short YouTube video here.
Thank you for your patience and understanding in this time of rapidly changing information and uncertainty.