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COVID 19 Alert: Latest Developments Affecting the Courts, The Justice System, and O’Brien & Associates Law Firm Operations

Coronavirus (COVID 19) Update
December 8, 2020

Due to the recent coronavirus resurgence statewide, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore has announced that all nonessential in-person court appearances are being temporarily suspended and only a small number of in-person essential and emergency matters will be heard in criminal, family, and housing court.

Additionally, in-person staffing levels are being reduced to 40% or less in the courts outside New York City and to 30% or less in the courts within the City. Judge DiFiore said the measures will dramatically reduce the number of people coming into courthouses, thereby curtailing the person-to-person contact that enables the virus to spread.

Judge DiFiore also noted that the court system is encouraging virtual appearances whenever possible and would continue focusing on improving and expanding its virtual capacity, especially in the Family Court, where jurists and staff are already handling hundreds of matters remotely each day, including urgent filings involving child abuse and neglect, delinquency, support, custody, visitation and guardianship cases.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office with specific questions you may have relative to your circumstances.

Joanne P. Monagan, Esq.
Principal Attorney/CEO