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New York State Courts by Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP
Posted: March 22, 2020

New York Courts Prohibit Filings in Non-Essential Matters

On March 22, 2020, Chief Administrative Judge Marks issued an order providing that the courts no longer will accept filings in matters other than those deemed essential. In the Supreme Court, essential civil matters are:

  • Mental Hygiene Law (MHL) applications and hearings addressing patient retention or release
  • MHL hearings addressing the involuntary administration of medication and other medical care
  • newly filed MHL applications for an assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) plan
  • emergency applications in guardianship matters
  • temporary orders of protection (including but not limited to matters involving domestic violence)
  • emergency applications related to the coronavirus
  • emergency Election Law applications
  • extreme risk protection orders (ERPO)
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