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 June 10, 2020:
- In courts and case types approved for electronic filing through the New York State Courts Electronic Filing System (NYSCEF), represented parties must commence new matters or proceed in pending matters exclusively by electronic filing through NYSCEF, and must file and serve papers in such matters ( other than service of commencement documents) by electronic means through NYSCEF or, where permitted under NYSCEF court rules, by mail. Unrepresented parties must file, serve and be served in such matters by nonelectronic means unless they expressly opt in to participate in NYSCEF.
- To the extent that NYSCEF electronic filing is unavailable in courts or case types in the trial courts, represented parties must commence new matters exclusively by mail, except where otherwise authorized by the Chief Administrative Judge. Following commencement of a new matter, and in pending matters, represented parties must file papers through the Unified Court System’s Electronic Document Delivery System (EDDS) or by mail, and must serve papers ( other than commencement documents) by electronic means or by mail. Unrepresented parties must file, serve and be served in such matters by nonelectronic means unless they provide written notification to the court and all parties that they wish to file, serve and be served electronically.
- This order shall not affect procedures for the filing and service of papers in essential matters.
- The court shall not request working copies of documents in paper format.