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More than 14,000 New York lawyers have not been able to get to their offices since a terrorist attack obliterated the twin World Trade Center towers Tuesday, according to data released by the Office of Court Administration Thursday. OCA also reported that 1,343 lawyers had listed one of the two destroyed towers as their office address in their registration records. For the latest information on the status of court operations in Manhattan call (800) Court-NY or (888) Court-NY. The OCA data, which was based upon a search of OCA registration records for lawyers who listed office addresses below 14th Street, revealed a staggering amount of disruption in the ability of lawyers to function. The 14,000 displaced lawyers make up 10.3 percent of attorneys in the state and 19 percent of the lawyers in New York City. Authorities have barred civilians below 14th Street since the attack on Tuesday, though sources report that the line may be moved southward to Canal Street Saturday. A previous check with several of the largest firms with offices at 1 and 2 World Trade Center revealed only a few lawyers missing, perhaps because many lawyers do not begin their work days until after 9:30 a.m. The second plane slammed into 2 World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m. The OCA also reported that three court officers who rushed to the disaster scene immediately after the attack are missing. Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman said that the three court officers — who were among 15 officers stationed at either the Criminal Court Building at 100 Centre Street or the court officers’ training center on Williams Street — initially went to the scene to provide help at the State Court of Claims which was located in 5 World Trade Center. But, he added, the officers, most of whom were trained in emergency medical procedures, soon became involved in the overall rescue effort. On Wednesday, about 100 court officers worked in the effort to recover victims and Thursday that number was down to 10 because of the flood of volunteers into New York, he added. OCA also has been displaced from its headquarters at 25 Beaver St., near the southern tip of Manhattan. Lippman said he has been operating out of his chambers in Westchester, and that other key administrative judges have been working out of locations in Brooklyn and White Plains. Today, the courts will remain closed in Manhattan except for the handling of arraignments and the stationing of two judges at the Appellate Division, 1st Department, to handle applications for emergency relief. In addition, Family Court Administrative Judge Joseph M. Lauria will be available in Brooklyn to handle applications for protective orders and other emergency relief in domestic cases. Courts in New York City, other than in Manhattan, will continue to handle all scheduled matters, except for jury trials, as they did Thursday. Judge Lippman said that operations Thursday in the four boroughs where the courts were re-opened were “not fully normal, but coming back to full life.” Given the large number of lawyers excluded from their offices in lower Manhattan, he said, a surprisingly high number of lawyers made their court appearances. The biggest problem was in Family Court, he added, where anywhere from one-half to two-thirds of the scheduled cases had to be adjourned. Adjournments were high in family matters, he explained, because they usually involve a large number of parties, all of whom must be present. Judge Lippman said a meeting of the court system’s top policy makers will be convened today to decide whether to open the courts on Monday. Key problems continue to be the lack of phone service and smoke, which can make its way into the courts’ ventilation systems. Court officials reported great progress in paring arrest-to-arraignment times since the courts reopened Wednesday. Initially, the delays in Manhattan were close to 40 hours, though that number is now closer to the 24-hour deadline set by court ruling, they reported. The backlog occurred because no arraignments were conducted on Tuesday, but a day and night session have been conducted since then, said Acting Justice Judy Kluger, the court’s administrative judge. Arraignments will also be conducted over the weekend, she added. Over the last two days there have been problems in getting defendants’ criminal histories, Kluger said, because of the difficulties in transmitting data back and forth from Albany. By Thursday afternoon those problems had abated. However, she said problems in getting police officers to complete paper work in connection with arrests continue because of the extreme demands on the force. Michele Maxian, the head of the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division, said that, despite being displaced from its main office on Duane Street, Legal Aid has remained in touch with its lawyers and been able to assemble a roster to staff the emergency arraignment parts for the next two weeks, if necessary. Starting Thursday, all Manhattan arraignments were held at the Midtown Community Court at 310 West 54th St. Maxian, however, expressed concern that many defendants on misdemeanor charges from Manhattan are being held in prison for unnecessarily long periods of time. During the last three days, while the Criminal Court in Manhattan has been closed, she said, defendants with court appearances have had their cases administratively adjourned for two to three weeks. Efforts to reach the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office were unsuccessful. The phone system in the area was not operational Thursday.

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