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November 30: Message from Chief Judge DiFiore

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Jury Trials Resume in New York City
New York County Supreme Court – Civil & Criminal Terms
60 & 100 Centre Streets, New York City

PPE bags at 60 Centre Street

Photo: PPE bags at 60 Centre Street.

On Monday, October 26th criminal jury trials commenced in New York, Kings and Richmond Counties for the first time since mid-March. Criminal trials will resume next week in Queens and the Bronx. Civil trials also resumed in New York and Queens Counties. Civil trials resumed last week in the Bronx, Kings and Richmond Counties. Jury trials commenced outside New York City in early September.

Distanced seating for Jurors

Photo: Distanced seating for Jurors.

Approximately 4,600 prospective jurors in all five boroughs have been summoned to report over a series of days to prevent crowding.

Judge Michael Obus conducting voir dire on a criminal case

Photo: Judge Michael Obus conducting voir dire on a criminal case.

Each county will have one criminal trial at a time and should any adjustments need to be made they will be implemented.

Jurors are screened upon arrival at the courthouse, temperatures taken and are given masks, face shields, hand sanitizer and gloves, if requested.

Courtrooms have Plexiglas barriers and seating is appropriately distanced.

Plexiglas surrounds all public facing areas

Photo:Plexiglas surrounds all public facing areas.


Counsel tables with Plexiglas barriers.

Photo: Counsel tables with Plexiglas barriers.



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Friday, Sept. 18, 2020
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The New York State Unified Court System mourns the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a native New Yorker and pioneering lawyer and judge who made history as the second woman ever to serve on our nation’s highest court.  After graduating first in her class from Columbia Law School, Justice Ginsburg overcame adversity and gender-based discrimination to become a distinguished law professor and influential national advocate for women’s rights.  In 1993, she was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton, where she spent the next 27 years forging an exceptional legacy as a stellar judge and passionate defender of constitutional rights.  Throughout her judicial career, Justice Ginsburg remained close to the New York legal community and returned here often to participate enthusiastically in bar- and court-sponsored lectures and events.  We feel like we have lost one of our own, and we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.



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September 9th, 2020

Photo of Jury Trial

Resumption of Jury Trials Begins Outside of New York City
Cromarty Court Complex, Riverhead, New York

On Wednesday, September 9th, 2020, a slow measured pilot program to resume in person jury trials commenced outside of New York City.

Schyler County began picking jurors for a civil trial and in Suffolk County Court, jurors were being picked for both a civil and a criminal trial. To ensure health and safety, Court Officers supplied masks and face shields to whom ever requested one.

Photo of Court Officers at a Jury Trial

This follows the resumption of the empaneling of Grand Juries in July outside of New York City and August in New York City. More than one hundred Grand Juries have been seated by the end of August Statewide.

Photo of a Jury Trial


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"The New York State Court System provides essential justice services to the people of the State of New York. As we resume in-person operations Statewide to include non-essential matters, all essential functions of the courts remain available to ensure that New Yorkers may access the justice system during this extremely challenging time."
- Chief Judge DiFiore

If you have specific questions about your juror service, a case already in court, or you need to start a court case, call: the Coronavirus Telephone Hotline: 833-503-0447.

If you have been summoned for juror service or are serving on a jury, please see the notice from the Commissioner of Jurors regarding coronavirus and the flu.

TEMPORARY ORDERS OF PROTECTION issued in any court of the New York State Unified Court System which were due to expire on or after March 19, 2020 have been extended and are considered still in effect until parties are otherwise notified.  If you have had an Order of Protection issued against you and it expired on or after March 19, it is still in effect until you are otherwise notified and you must continue to obey all conditions of that Order .

Parties will be advised of rescheduled Court dates when normal court business resumes.

Questions about the status of a particular case should be made to the court, at telephone numbers listed at the Court Locator. However, please be advised that, during this health emergency, communications may sometimes be difficult.