Press Release

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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Update from Erie County Clerk – Reopening the Closing Room

Effective Wednesday August 26, 2020 at 9am, the Erie County Clerk will be reopening the Closing Room to attorneys. All searchers will be admitted starting Monday morning. The Office will operate as it did in the final days just before the Governor’s COVID PAUSE order was instituted. All “walk-ins” will be accepted. To decrease the number …

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Minority Bar Association of WNY Publishes Police Reform Recommendations

The Minority Bar Association of WNY’s Criminal Justice Reform Task Force has published a police reform proposal to be adopted by the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Police Department. Excerpt: The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor highlighted a policing problem in Black and Brown communities across the nation that has existed for …

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Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order 202.57, Regarding Commercial Evictions and Foreclosures

EXECUTIVE ORDER 202.57 Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency WHEREAS, on March 7, 2020, I issued Executive Order Number 202, declaring a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York; and WHEREAS, both travel-related cases and community contact transmission of COVID-19 have been documented in New York State and …

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