Editor’s Note: The New York Law Journal will provide updates throughout the days ahead as new information becomes available.
State Courts Update
The Office of Court Administration announced that as of Monday, Nov. 5, courts in New York City will be open, with the exception of the Midtown Community Court at 54th Street. The courts will have limited phone service and the OCA has provided alternate numbers on its site at www.nycourts.gov/court-closings.shtml, as well as details on local trial and appellate courts and jury service.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order suspending speedy trial deadlines and iother statutory time restrictions in criminal, family and civil cases. The order suspends until further notice Criminal Procedure Law time restrictions that would otherwise bar prosecutions in Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland and Suffolk counties and which could limit the time a deliberating jury in the same counties could be in recess.
Southern District Courts Update
The Southern District U.S. Courts will resume normal operations on Monday, Nov. 5.
Last week, Southern District Chief Judge Loretta Preska (See Profile) issued an order extending deadlines in criminal cases, blaming the “extraordinary damage and disruption” caused by the storm and the continued “inaccessibility” of the district’s courthouse in Manhattan.
Eastern District Update
The Eastern District U.S. Courts will resume normal operations on Monday, Nov. 5.
Corporation Counsel Update
G. Foster Mills, managing attorney of the City Law Department, said its office at 100 Church St. in Manhattan will be open on Monday. Service of process and interlocutory papers, however, will continue to take place at 350 Jay St. in Brooklyn on the ninth floor until Wednesday, Nov. 7. The office is closed Tuesday, Nov. 6, Election Day.
Mills said all depositions, with the exception of Family Court, scheduled for the week of Nov. 5—are postponed with plans to resume depositions the week of Nov. 12. The agency is asking attorneys to call for information about specific depositions at the following numbers: Bronx – (718) 590-3971; Brooklyn – (718) 222-2069; Manhattan – (718) 222-2001; Queens – (718) 206-4703; Staten Island – (718) 447-5985. For general office inquires, call (718) 222-2226.