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November 5, 2021 New Commercial Division Rule to Permit Virtual Evidentiary Hearings and Bench Trials
On October 19, 2021, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks promulgated new Rule 36 of the Commercial Division Rules, which expressly permits evidentiary hearings and bench trials to be held virtually. The new rule, which becomes effective December 13, 2021, now expressly permits what most Commercial Division justices were already doing--holding hearings and bench trials virtually. The rule also permits the court to allow a witness or party to participate in an evidentiary hearing or bench trial virtually, even if the hearing or trial is otherwise being held in person. The rule is limited to instances in which all parties consent, and expressly does not address (one way or another) the issue of when all parties do not consent. The new rule is as follows: Read More
April 5, 2020 Court Erred by Weighing Conflicting Evidence in Deciding Motion for Directed Verdict
On March 25, 2020, the Second Department issued a decision in Boriello v. Loconte, 2020 NY Slip Op. … Read More
December 4, 2013 Court of Appeals Clarifies Criteria for Giving Missing Witness Charge
On November 26, 2013, the Court of Appeals issued a decision in DeVito v. Feliciano, Docket No. 195,… Read More