The first two days of New York State courts reopening has been a mix between relief for many of our clients who were patiently waiting to file for divorce, contract and business disputes or new complaints for personal injury.

While the rules seemingly appear to change on a daily basis as the state court system adjusts to the post-COVID quarantine (while federal courts have been operating without interruption since March 2020), judges, attorneys and parties are left trying to interpret where they can file and what may be filed.

In an effort to simplify any confusion, this is the latest from the New York State Supreme Court:

Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks issued his directives regarding the opening of courts, mostly in upstate New York counties, but also Westchester Supreme Court, and Putnam County. To review the new rules regarding filing for divorce in Westchester County Supreme Court, please see below:

Judge Lawrence Marks’ May 20, 2020 Administrative Order – Court Reopening

On May 26, 2020, Nassau County Supreme Court Administrative Judge, Norman St. George issued a memorandum detailing Phase 1 of resuming court appearances, and filing new divorce cases, litigation and personal injury actions through e-filing on New York State Courts Electronic Filing (“NYSCEF”) website.

To review Judge St. George’s memorandum explaining the reopening of Nassau County courts for all civil filings (and Nassau County Family Court), click this link: Nassau County Supreme Court Memorandum (Judge St. George) – Court Reopening