Western District of New York

Request for Comments Regarding the Local Rules of the Western District of New York

The Local Rules Committee of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York is soliciting comments for suggested amendments to the Local Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure and Local Patent Rules, which are available on the Court’s website at www.nywd.uscourts.gov. Please submit your comments by no later than July 2, …

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United States District Court for the Western District of New York Issues New General Order Regarding Face Mask Requirements in the Courthouses

On March 1, 2022 Chief Judge Elizabeth Wolford signed General Order #155 supersedes General Order #149 regarding face mask requirements in the courthouses of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.  General Order #155 also orders that previously entered provisions of the following General Orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic …

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United States District Court for the Western District of New York Announces 2022 Grants

Chief Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford announced that the Judges of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York have approved the 2022 distribution of grants totaling $30,000. The funds are distributed from the WDNY’s District Court Fund, which accumulates funds from a portion of the admission fees paid by attorneys seeking …

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Notice: Proposed Federal Court Local Rules Amendments

The United States District Court for the Western District of New York is amending its Local Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure. The Court invites comments on the proposed amendments, which are available on the Court’s website at www.nywd.uscourts.gov or upon request from the Clerk’s offices in both Buffalo and Rochester. All comments must be …

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United States District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to become first woman to serve as Chief Judge of the Western District of New York

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK — On July 14, 2021, the Honorable Elizabeth A. Wolford will become Chief Judge of the Western District of New York.  Judge Wolford will be the first woman to serve in this role—and in fact, the first woman to serve in this role in any part of New York State outside the …

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