Court Updates - COVID-19

7th Judicial District – NYS Courts

The Courts will soon transition to microsoft teams with the following schedule:
  • Commencing immediately, a virtual court proceeding to be held after October 1, 2020, may be scheduled using Microsoft Teams.
  • On and after October 1, 2020 ALL virtual court proceedings must be scheduled using Microsoft Teams
  • Notwithstanding the foregoing, after November 25, 2020, all virtual court proceedings must be conducted using Microsoft Teams. 

Eighth Amended Administrative Order (August 14, 2020)

Court House Notice: New York State Coronavirus Quarantine Watchlist  (July 13, 2020)

Safety Protocols and the Commencement of RIOP Phase IV (July 1, 2020)

Upstate Courts to Begin Phase 4 of Return to In-Person Operations (June 30,2020)

Seventh Amended Administrative Order (June 30, 2020)

Phase 4 Return to In-Person Operations Plan (June 26, 2020)

New York State Unified Court System


New York September Bar Exam Cancelled (July 16, 2020)
The New York Court of Appeals on Thursday announced the planned Sept. 9 and 10 in-person exam will not happen.

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

U.S. District Court Access to Remote Proceedings for the Public and Press (Posted July 15, 2020)

Guidelines for Jury Trials During the Return to Onsite Operations (Posted July 10, 2020)

New York Courts Emergency  Alert Portal

Effective January 30, 2020, the NYS Unified Court System has initiated a new system to send out notifications about court closures and other USC emergencies. The New York Courts Emergency Portal will replace Twitter notifications. Among other new features, the portal will allow users to receive information about specific counties of their choosing  and specify their preferred method of notification.

The new portal is hosted by NYAlert, a state public notification platform with a well-established record of reliable performance.

Twitter notification discontinued on March 15. For more information and to register for the portal, click here.

Click here for the full notice from the NYS Unified Court System.

Archived Announcements 
Memo: Transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams for Court Proceedings (July 31, 2020)