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NYS Courts Announce Plan for February 2021 Bar Examination

Reposted from the NYS Court of Appeals website In July 2020, as a consequence of the health crisis, the Court made the difficult decision to cancel the September 2020 in-person bar examination. At the same time, Chief Judge DiFiore announced the creation of a Working Group to study the future of the bar exam in …

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Judge Marks Issues Administrative Order 247/20, Regarding E-Filing

Pursuant to the authority vested in me, and in consultation with the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Division, upon notice by the Presiding Judge of the Court of Claims, and, as appropriate, in consultation with or with the approval ofCounty Clerks, I hereby establish, continue, or give notice of, programs for the consensual/voluntary and mandatory …

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Enhanced 4.1 Updated 8th JD Return to In-Person Operations Plan, A Summary

 Return to In-Person Operations Plan (“RIOP”) Updates Effective October 19, 2020  All measures contained in the Memoranda of John McConnell and Nancy Barry dated February 28, 2020, March 6, 2020, March 31, 2020, May 15, 2020, May 29, 2020, June 8, 2020, June 17, 2020, August 5, 2020 and August 18, 2020 are incorporated herein. …

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Independent Review of Court System Policies, Practices and Programs Yields Recommendations Aimed at Advancing Equal Justice in the New York Courts

NEW YORK–An in-depth review of the New York State Courts’ policies, practices, rules and programs as they relate to issues of racial and other bias has yielded a set of practical recommendations aimed at advancing diversity and inclusion within the court system and ensuring equal justice under the law. The unique, independent evaluation, commissioned by …

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Women in Government: 2020 Lamplighter Awards

The Eighth Judicial District Gender and Racial Fairness Committee is part of a standing Committee on Women in the Courts that works to secure equal justice, equal treatment and equal opportunity for women whose lives bring them into the courts through education, information and advocacy. The Committee created the Lamplighter Award that recognizes women who, …

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Chief Administrative Judge issues Administrative Order 231/20

Pursuant to the authority vested in me, at the direction of the Chief Judge, and consistent with the Governor’s determination approving the easing of restrictions on commerce imposed due to the COVID-19 health emergency, I hereby direct that, effective October 12, 2020: Resumption of Residential Eviction Matters: All residential eviction matters, both nonpayment and holdover, …

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Eighth Judicial District Rolls Out Foreclosure Auction Plan

Summary: In an Administrative Order of the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts dated July 23, 2020 (AO/157/20), Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks required each judicial district to assess auction practices within the district and to develop “appropriate procedures and protocols for the safe and healthful conduct of such auctions within their districts in light …

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Eighth Judicial District Transitioning From Skype for Business to MS Teams

The New York State Unified Court System has adopted Microsoft Teams as the standard for internal and external videoconferencing calls, including virtual court hearings and virtual chambers conferences. The attached Microsoft Teams Q&A sheet provides more detail about Microsoft Teams, including information on how to install the Microsoft Teams application. More information is also available …

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Erie County Supreme and County Civil Jury Trial Have Commenced

From the Honorable Paula Feroleto: Supreme civil jury trials have commenced in Erie County and will soon be commencing throughout the 8th JD.  While the document linked below is related to Erie county civil as to location for jury selection and the phone for the commissioner of jurors you should expect the general plan for trials …

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