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Posted: March 19, 2020 / Categories Commercial, Court Rules/Procedures, COVID-19

New York State Courts Further Limit Civil Litigation During COVID-19 Outbreak

On March 19, 2020, Chief Administrative Judge Marks issued an order limiting civil litigation in the New York state courts during the present crisis. The order provides:

1. Civil Litigation Generally: The prosecution of pending civil matters (including discovery) in a manner that requires in-person appearances or travel, or otherwise requires actions inconsistent with prevailing health and safety directives relating to the coronavirus health emergency, is strongly discouraged.

2. Civil Discovery Generally: Where a party, attorney or other person is unable to meet discovery or other litigation schedules (including dispositive motion deadlines) for reasons related to the coronavirus health emergency, the parties shall use best efforts to postpone proceedings by agreement and stipulation for a period not to exceed 90 days. Absent such agreement, the proceedings shall be deferred until such later date when the court can review the matter and issue appropriate directives. In no event will participants in civil litigation be penalized if discovery compliance is delayed for reasons relating to the coronavirus public health emergency.