New York’s civil litigators faced an abrupt halt to formal progress in many cases this week, after an administrative order Sunday suspended the filing of all non-essential papers, as defined by the state, due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The order from Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks listed no end date; it followed an executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo pausing statutes of limitations until April 19. Marks’ order provided a list of which “essential proceedings” will continue, including a catch-all category for “any other matter that the court deems essential.”

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