Press Release

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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Bar Association of Erie County Benefits Open Enrollment Begins November 9

Save the Date! Bar Association of Erie County Benefits Open Enrollment Begins November 9 The Ahrens Bar Association Marketplace is a state-of-the-art multi-carrier private exchange designed for Bar Members of Erie County, their staff and dependents. Available to both individuals, employer groups of all sizes and Medicare members, the exchange offers health insurance options and …

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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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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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Online Tools Rolled Out to Facilitate Expanded Use of Mediation to Resolve Civil Disputes

 NEW YORK–The court system’s Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has rolled out three online tools to encourage the use of mediation: a statewide mediator directory, http://ww2.nycourts.gov/ip/adr/MedDirectory.shtml, to assist litigants, court staff and others in locating a court-approved mediator; a statewide mediator application, http://ww2.nycourts.gov/ip/adr/Application.shtml, that qualified mediators can use to join mediator rosters in trial courts across the …

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Challenge Disparity, Build Diversity

Bar Association of Erie County’s Board of Directors Passes Board Resolution Challenging Disparity in the Legal Profession

The Bar Association of Erie County’s Board of Directors has passed a Resolution calling on its members to recognize and educate others about the disparate impact of COVID-19 on women attorneys, attorneys of color, and law students of color. The Resolution calls for specific action, including the implementation of a community-wide Pledge. The resolution reads …

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Judge Lawrence Marks Issues Administrative Order 209/20

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER OF THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE WOGE OF THE COURTS 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 of County Clerks, I hereby establish, …

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