New York City attorneys sought to maintain continuity for their clients Monday as the effects of COVID-19 brought tremendous uncertainty and change to virtually every facet of society, including the city’s courthouses.

At 5 p.m. Monday, the state court system entered a new stage of its response to the novel coronavirus, postponing all “nonessential” functions statewide and increasing the use of video to conduct matters that could not be delayed. Some counties went further, consolidating court operations to close some courthouses altogether.

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