In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all courts with Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties are operating via video conferencing for essential proceedings.
“Under the guidance of New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, we have implemented various temporary measures to significantly reduce courtroom traffic for the health and safety of our court employees and all who enter our courthouses,” said Administrative Judge Craig Doran, of the 7th Judicial District. “Providing the ability to conduct court operations virtually is one way we are helping to stem the spread of the coronavirus.”
In mid-March, Doran announced that all nonessential functions of the courts were postponed until further notice and that each county’s court operations were consolidated in one building per administrative order. An amendment to this order allows judges, defendants/litigants, attorneys and some court staff to appear by video conferencing capability.
A core team of essential staff, including security, will remain at each courthouse to ensure the ability to intake papers, operate video conferencing equipment, process orders, keep court records, answer telephones and conduct other court functions. Virtual courtroom protocols apply to all categories of essential court functions and have been distributed to stakeholders.
“As we continue to make changes in court operations to meet the continually challenging and changing operational environment, our court system remains open for business, maintaining essential and emergency operations,” Doran said. “We will continue to proactively monitor the COVID-19 situation and make adjustments accordingly.”
Individuals with court-related questions are encouraged to call their designated county courthouse. Contact information, as well as information related to postponements, is available at bit.ly/39uOa8E for all courthouses in the 7th Judicial District.
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