New York State Unified Court System

8th Judicial District Issues Revised Mask Policy For All Courts

The 8th JD has issued the below memo regarding its mask policy for those entering the courts. Note that there is a similar policy for Town and Village Justice Courts; however, orange, green, and white cards will not be issued in the Town and Village Justice Courts. Below the memo are links to the posters …

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Hon. Kevin M. Carter Named Administrative Judge of Western New York’s Eighth Judicial District

NEW YORK – Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks today announced the appointment of Hon. Kevin M. Carter as Administrative Judge of the Eighth Judicial District. The appointment was made with the approval of Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and after consultation with Hon. Gerald J. Whalen, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department. Judge …

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Administrative Order 161/21 Issued, Relating to Commercial Eviction Matters

Pursuant to the authority vested in me, and as required by L. 2021, c. 73 (the COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Businesses Act of2021 [“Act”]) as amended by L. 2021, c. 104 (“Amendment”; Exh. 2) I hereby direct that the following restrictions shall apply to the conduct of commercial eviction matters before the New York …

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Administrative Order 160/21 Issued, Relating to Residential Eviction Matters

PW’Suant to the authority vested in me, and as required by L. 2020, c. 381 (the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 [“Act”]) as amended by L. 2021, c. 104 {” Amendment”; Exh. 1 ), I hereby direct that the following restrictions shall apply to the conduct of residential eviction matters before …

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Administrative Order 159/21 Issued, Relating to Foreclosure Matters

Pursuant to the authority vested in me, and as required by L. 2020, c. 381 (the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of2020 [“Residential Act]) and L. 2021, c. 73 (the COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Businesses Act of 2021 [“Commercial Act”]) as amended by L. 2021, c. 104 (“Amendment”; Exh. 1), I hereby …

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Judge Marks Issues Administrative Order 144/21, Relating to Mental Hygiene Law

Pursuant to the authority vested in me, I hereby promulgate the following protocols designed to mitigate the adverse effects of the COVID-19 outbreak upon attorneys, parties, other members of the public, and court staff while conducting civil litigation before the courts of the Unified Court System, effective immediately: To the fullest extent possible, Mental Hygiene …

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New York Courts Emergency Alerts Discontinues Twitter Presence

The New York Courts have discontinued the use of Twitter as the communication tool for emergency alerts. Commencing May 1, the Courts are sending out emergency alerts solely through the Portal . Accordingly, to receive emergency notifications, attorneys should register for the Portal by that date at: www.nycourts.gov/alerts/. (We are pleased to report that almost …

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8th JD Updates Operating Protocols for the State Courts

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our courts have remained open although there have been periods of time that have required modifications to court operations based upon virus metrics. Recently, the metrics (as well as the increasing number of vaccinated New Yorkers) have once again indicated an opportunity to gradually increase in-person proceedings in the courthouses. While …

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Updated Operating Protocols for 8JD Town and Village Courts, Effective April 16, 2021

These are very modest changes to the protocols disseminated on March 29, 2021.  Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks’ Memorandum dated November 13, 2020 is incorporated herein and this document is intended to provide enhanced guidance thereto. If a matter is not specifically mentioned below, the Court MAY NOT hear the matter in person.  Changes to …

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