New York State Unified Court System

8th JD Courts Displays New Poster at Court Buildings Regarding COVID-19 Protocols

As court appearances slowly pick up, please be advised that the ban on courthouse visitors who have travelled out of state within two weeks has been lifted.  The ban currently only applies to anyone who has travelled internationally in the two weeks prior to attempted entry into courthouse.  Click the link below to view the …

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8th JD Rolls Out Pilot Program for Submission of Virtual Evidence for Matrimonial Cases

Please see the below linked memo which is a very important development in matrimonial virtual trials.  It details how exhibits are now to be uploaded for matrimonial hearings/virtual trials.   This has been tested in other judicial districts and is now making a statewide appearance.  From all accounts it has worked very well.  One should anticipate …

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Updated Operating Protocols for Town and Village Courts in the 8th Judicial District

These are very modest changes to the protocols disseminated on February 16, 2021. Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks’ Memorandum dated November 13, 2020 is incorporated herein and this document is intended to provide enhanced guidance thereto. Commencing March 29, 2021 all Town and Village Court operations in the 8th Judicial District of the State of …

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Judge Marks Issues Administrative Order 103/21, Regarding Credit Card Fees

Pursuant to the authority vested in me by section 212(2)G) of the Judiciary Law, I hereby require that a party shall pay an administrative fee where such party uses a credit card or a debit card to: (1) post bail, or(2) pay a fine, mandatory surcharge, court fee or other money payable to a (i) …

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NYS UCS Outlines Appropriate Decorum for Virtual Court Proceedings

The COVID-19 pandemic has required all courts across New York State to innovate and adapt in order to continue to provide the effective and efficient administration of justice and Access to Justice for all court users consistent with the highest standards of Chief Judge DiFiore’s Excellence Initiative. Our courts have uniformly transitioned to Microsoft Teams …

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NYS UCS Provides Model Letter Application to Use Anonymous Caption in Public Records Under Child-Parent Security Act

As you know, proceedings for establishing parentage under the Child-Parent Security Act (L. 2020, c. 56, Part L; “CPSA”, “Act”) are subject to various confidentially provisions under State law, including a general sealing provision under the Act itself. Accordingly, the court file and papers in these proceedings may only be viewed by the parties or …

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8th Judicial District Issues Updated Operating Protocols for All Court Operations

This Plan supersedes the Updated Operating Protocols Effective December 9, 2020. Commencing February 22, 2021 all court operations in the Eighth Judicial District of the State of New York shall be conducted pursuant to this Plan. To the extent the provisions of this Updated Operating Protocol are inconsistent with provisions in any of the Administrative …

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