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Requests for Public Comment

The Office of Court Administration is seeking comment from interested members of the public and the legal profession on the following proposals:

October 6, 2014: Proposed amendment of Commercial Division Rule 14
(22 NYCRR § 202.70(g))
, relating to disclosure disputes.
Description of proposal
Email to: rulecomments@nycourts.gov
By November 25, 2014


October 1, 2014: Proposed new Model Compliance Conference Order Form for use in the Commercial Division.
Description of proposal
Email to: rulecomments@nycourts.gov
By November 25, 2014


September 29, 2014: Proposed adoption of a new Rule of the Commercial Division, relating to responses and objections to document requests.
Description of proposal
Email to: rulecomments@nycourts.gov
By November 25, 2014


July 15, 2014:  Proposed adoption of a new rule (22 NYCRR § 202.71), relating to establishment of a procedure for recognition of judgments rendered by tribunals or courts of tribes recognized by the State of New York or the United States.
Description of proposal
Email to: rulecomments@nycourts.gov
By September 12, 2014


July 9, 2014:  Proposed amendment of 22 NYCRR Part 1215 (Joint Rules of Appellate Division), relating to a requirement that written letters of engagement inform clients about ADR programs available on the Unified Court System’s website.
Description of proposal
Email to: rulecomments@nycourts.gov
By September 8, 2014
Deadline for comment extended to October 22, 2014


July 9, 2014:  Proposed amendment of 22 NYCRR §§ 207.4-a(e)(6) & (7) and 207.4-aa(d) (Uniform Rules for Surrogate’s Court), relating to filing and e-filing of death certificates.  
Description of proposal
Email to: rulecomments@nycourts.gov
By September 8, 2014


July 1, 2014: Certification or Recertification of Retired Justices of the Supreme Court, relating to continued judicial service in 2015 and 2016.
Description of proposal
Email to: JSCcertification@nycourts.gov
by September 4, 2014


June 27, 2014: Proposed adoption of a Preamble to the Rules of the Commercial Division (22 NYCRR § 202.70(g)), relating to sanctions.
Description of proposal
Email to: rulecomments@nycourts.gov
by August 26, 2014


June 20, 2014: Proposed adoption of a new Rule of the Commercial Division, relating to presumptive limitations on the number and duration of depositions.
Description of proposal
Email to: rulecomments@nycourts.gov
by August 19, 2014


April 30, 2014: Proposed reforms relating to consumer credit collection cases.
Description of proposal
Email to: rulecomments@nycourts.gov
by May 30, 2014

These rules were adopted on September 15, 2014, with an effective date of October 1, 2014. 
AO-185-14


April 15, 2014: Proposed adoption of a new Rule of the Commercial Division, relating to staggered court appearances.
Description of proposal
Email to: rulecomments@nycourts.gov
by May 30, 2014

This rule was adopted on August 6, 2014, with an effective date of September 2, 2014.
AO-131-14


April 11, 2014: Proposed amendment of 22 NYCRR § 202.70(g) (Commercial Division Rule 8(a)), pertaining to settlement-related disclosure.
Description of proposal
Email to: rulecomments@nycourts.gov
by May 28, 2014

This amendment was adopted on July 16, 2014, with an effective date of September 2, 2014.
AO-119-14


April 9, 2014: Proposed adoption of a new Rule of the Commercial Division (22 NYCRR § 202.70(g)), relating to guidelines for discovery of electronically stored information from nonparties in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court.
Description of proposal
Email to: rulecomments@nycourts.gov
by May 28, 2014

This rule was adopted on August 8, 2014, with an effective date of September 2, 2014.
AO-133-14


April 7, 2014: Proposed amendment of 22 NYCRR § 202.70(d), relating to the assignment of cases to the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court.
Description of proposal
Email to: rulecomments@nycourts.gov
by June 2, 2014

This amendment was adopted on July 1, 2014, with an effective date of September 2, 2014.
AO-117-14 | AO 117a


April 3, 2014: Proposed adoption of a new Rule of the Commercial Division (22 NYCRR § 202.70(g)), relating to privilege log practice in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court.
Description of proposal
Email to: rulecomments@nycourts.gov
by June 2, 2014

This rule was adopted on July 8, 2014, with an effective date of September 2, 2014.
AO-114-14


February 5, 2014: Proposed adoption of new rules (22 NYCRR § 202.9-a), relating to special proceedings authorized by UCC § 9-518(d) for expungement or redaction of falsely filed financing statements.
Description of proposal
Email to: OCARule202-9-a@nycourts.gov
by March 7, 2014

This amendment was adopted on April 9, 2014.
AO/79/14


February 3, 2014: Proposed creation of a Special Masters pilot program in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court.
Description of proposal
Email to: CommDivMasters@nycourts.gov
by April 4, 2014

This proposal was adopted on August 4, 2014, with an effective date of September 2, 2014.
AO-120-14


December 11, 2013: Proposed creation of a pilot mandatory mediation program in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, New York County.
Description of proposal
Email to: CommDivMedPilot@nycourts.gov
by February 11, 2014

This program was approved on June 23, 2014, with an effective date of July 28, 2014.
AO 1st JD 6-23-14 | ADR Rules


December 6, 2013: Proposed adoption of new Commercial Division Rule 9, relating to the use of accelerated adjudication procedures in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court.
Description of proposal
Email to CommDivAccelAdjud@nycourts.gov
by February 6, 2014

This amendment was adopted on April 17, 2014, with an effective date of June 2, 2014.
AO/77/14


December 3, 2013: Proposed adoption of new Preliminary Conference Form for use in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court.
Description of proposal
Email to: CommDivPCForm@nycourts.gov
by February 3, 2014

A new Preliminary Conference Form was adopted on May 2, 2014, with an effective date of June 2, 2014.
AO/80a/14


November 26, 2013: Proposed adoption of a new Rule of the Commercial Division (22 NYCRR § 202.70(g)), relating to use of interrogatories in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court.
Description of amendment
Email to: CommDivInterrogs@nycourts.gov
by January 29, 2014

This amendment was adopted on April 24, 2014, with an effective date of June 2, 2014.
AO/78/14


November 22, 2013: Further public comment on proposed adoption of 22 NYCRR §202.5(e), relating to redaction of confidential personal information in papers filed in civil matters.
Description of proposal
Email to: OCARule202-5-ecomments@nycourts.gov
by January 27, 2014

A modified version of the proposed amendment
was adopted on November 6, 2014, with an
effective date of January 1, 2015.
AO/198/14


Certification or Recertification of Retired Justices of the Supreme Court, relating to continued judicial service in 2014 and 2015.
Description of proposal
Email to: JSCcertification@nycourts.gov
by November 29, 2013

Supreme Court Justices certificated or recertificated effective January 1, 2014.


October 1, 2013: Report of the Advisory Committee on Pro Bono Service by In-House Counsel, recommending an amendment of Part 522 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals to permit registered in-house counsel to provide pro bono legal services.
Description of amendment
Email to: Part522@nycourts.gov
by October 31, 2013

This amendment was adopted on December 4, 2013.
Order 522.8


September 30, 2013: Proposed adoption of 22 NYCRR § 207.64 of the Uniform Rules for Surrogate’s Court, relating to secure filing of certain documents in Surrogate’s Court.
Description of proposed amendment
Email to: OCArule207-64@nycourts.gov
by December 4, 2013

This amendment was adopted on February 19, 2014.
AO/43/14


August 9, 2013: Proposed amendment of Request for Judicial Intervention (RJI) Addendum in foreclosure actions, relating to addition of mortgage servicer's name.
Description of proposed amendment
Email to: OCAamendedRJIcomments@nycourts.gov
by September 23, 2013

This amendment was adopted on November 22, 2013.
AO/303/13 | AO/237/13


May 31, 2013: Proposed amendment of Rule 7.4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, relating to the requirement of “prominently made” disclaimers in attorney communications about legal specialization.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to OCARule7-4@nycourts.gov
by July 29, 2013

This amendment was adopted on November 26, 2013.
Joint Order Rule 7.4


March 18, 2013: Proposed amendment of Appellate Division Rules, relating to contingent fee computation in personal injury and wrongful death actions.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: ADcontingfeerules@nycourts.gov
by May 22, 2013

The proposed amendment was adopted on the
dates set forth in the Administrative Orders
of the Appellate Division.
AOsAppDiv


March 18, 2013: Proposed amendment of 22 NYCRR § 202.16(g), relating to enhanced expert disclosure in contested matrimonial actions.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: OCARule202-16-g@nycourts.gov
by May 22, 2013

The Administrative Board declined to approve the proposed amendment.


March 8, 2013: Sixty-day extension of public comment period on proposed adoption of 22 NYCRR §202.5(e), relating to redaction of personal identifying information in papers filed in civil matters.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: OCARule202-5-ecomments@nycourts.gov
by May 7, 2013

A modified version of the proposed amendment
was adopted on November 6, 2014, with an
effective date of January 1, 2015.
AO/198/14


January 24, 2013: Proposed amendment of 22 NYCRR § 100.3(B)(12), relating to a judge's role in facilitating the ability of unrepresented litigants to have their matters fairly heard.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: OCARule100-3-B-12@nycourts.gov
by March 25, 2013

This proposal is under consideration.


January 14, 2013: Proposed amendment of 22 NYCRR § 202.28, relating to notice to the court of settlement, mootness, or bankruptcy of a party.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: OCArule202-28@nycourts.gov
by March 1, 2013

This amendment was adopted on May 20, 2013.
AO/160/13


January 14, 2013: Proposed adoption of 22 NYCRR § 202.5-c, relating to proof of service by mail through attorney affirmation.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: OCArule202-5-c@nycourts.gov
by March 1, 2013

The Administrative Board declined to approve the proposed amendment.


January 14, 2013: Proposed adoption of 22 NYCRR § 202.10, relating to the encouragement of telephonic court conferences.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: OCArule202-10@nycourts.gov
by March 1, 2013

This amendment was adopted on May 20, 2013.
AO/161/13


January 7, 2013: Proposals regarding access to forensic evaluation reports in child custody cases.
Description of the proposals
Email to: ForensicReports@nycourts.gov
by March 8, 2013

Consideration of this proposal has been suspended pending possible action on Assembly Bill A08342.


January 7, 2013: Proposed amendments of 22 NYCRR § 202.12(b) and (c)(3) and 22 NYCRR § 202.70(g) (Commercial Division Rule 8), requiring counsel to confer prior to the preliminary conference in cases reasonably likely to involve electronic discovery.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: OCArule202-12b@nycourts.gov
by March 8, 2013

These amendments were adopted on
September 23, 2013.
AO/227/13 AO/228/13


December 7, 2012: Proposed amendments of 22 NYCRR § 202.5-b, authorizing commencement of SCAR proceedings in "text file" format at the filing party's option.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: OCA-scar-filings@nycourts.gov
by February 7, 2013

This amendment was adopted on May 24, 2013.
AO/170/13


December 4,, 2012: : Proposed rules establishing a voluntary ADR program in matrimonial actions.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: OCAmatrimonialADR@nycourts.gov
by February 4, 2013

The Administrative Board declined to adopt this proposal.


November 20, 2012: Proposed Repeal of 22 NYCRR §202.5-b(d)(3)(iii), relating to e-filing of documents in "secure" status.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: OCARule202-5-bcomments@nycourts.gov
by January 22, 2013

This amendment was adopted on March 22, 2013.
AO/134/13


November 20, 2012: Proposed adoption of 22 NYCRR §202.5(e), relating to redaction of personal identifying information in papers filed in civil matters.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: OCARule202-5-ecomments@nycourts.gov
by January 22, 2013

This proposal was not adopted. A related proposal
was issued for further public comment
due by January 27, 2014.


July 16, 2012: Proposed New Uniform Court Rule 22 NYCRR Part 1250, relating to the appointment of caretaker attorneys.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: OCAcaretakercomments@nycourts.gov
by August 30, 2012

The Administrative Board declined to adopt this proposal.


April 26, 2012: Proposed New Uniform Rule of the Commercial Division, relating to enhanced expert disclosure.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: OCAcommdisclosure@nycourts.gov
by June 11, 2012

This amendment was adopted on September 23, 2013.
AO/226/13


April 19, 2012: Rule 4.2 of the Rules of Professional Conduct (22 NYCRR Part 1200), relating to communications between a lawyer acting as a party in a matter and an adversary litigant.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: OCARule4-2comments@nycourts.gov
by June 4, 2012

This amendment was adopted on December 20, 2013.
Joint Order of the Appellate Division


April 19, 2012: Request for Judicial Intervention (RJI) Form (UCS-840); RJI Addendum (UCS-840A); and Foreclosure RJI Addendum (UCS-840F).
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to: OCAamendedRJIcomments@nycourts.gov
by June 4, 2012

This amendment was adopted on June 18, 2012.
AO/418/12


April 9, 2012: 22 NYCRR § 202.16-a, relating to exercise of civil contempt powers to enforce automatic orders in matrimonial actions.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to OCARule202-16-acomments@nycourts.gov
by May 24, 2012

This amendment was adopted on December 4, 2012.
AO/524/12


April 9, 2012: 22 NYCRR § 202.5-b(d)(3)(iii), relating to excluding certain documents from electronic filing in "secure" status.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to OCARule202-5-bcomments@nycourts.gov
by May 24, 2012

This amendment was adopted on June 18, 2012.
AO/417/12


March 28, 2012: 22 NYCRR § 137.1(b), relating to exclusion of fee disputes involving disbarred, suspended and resigned attorneys.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to OCAPart137comment@nycourts.gov
by May 14, 2012

The Administrative Board declined to adopt this proposal.


March 28, 2012: 22 NYCRR § 202.12-a(b)(3), relating to special calendars for certain residential foreclosure actions.
Description of the proposed amendment
Email to OCARule202-12-acomments@nycourts.gov
by May 14, 2012

This amendment was adopted on June 18, 2012.
AO/517/12



Comments may also be directed in writing (by the closing dates above), to John W. McConnell, Counsel, Office of Court Administration, 25 Beaver Street (11th Fl.), New York, N.Y. 10004