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Coronavirus 2020

In an effort to keep public defenders up to date on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the state court system, criminal and family law representation, jails and prisons, child protective services, and related matters, NYSDA has set up this page. The page is being updated on a regular basis. Defender Resources, information for Efforts to Secure Release, Virtual Court Appearances, and Websites to Check Regularly for new developments relevant to defense work can be found in the drop-down "More in this Section" area above.

Reverse Chronological Order

  • NYS Unified Court System, Press Release, Virtual Court Operations to Commence in NYC Mid-week New York State Courts Remain Open for Business, Maintaining All Essential and Emergency Proceedings, March 22, 2020

"In accordance with the directive of the Chief Judge of the State to limit court operations to essential matters during the pendency of the COVID-19 health crisis, any specific time limit for the commencement, filing, or service of any legal action, notice, motion, or other process or proceeding, as prescribed by the procedural laws of the state, including but not limited to the criminal procedure law, the family court act, the civil practice law and rules, the court of claims act, the surrogate’s court procedure act, and the uniform court acts, or by any other statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation, or part thereof, is hereby tolled from the date of this executive order until April 19, 2020"

"Effective Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5 PM, all in-person reports of individuals under state community supervision are suspended until April 17, 2020."

  • NYS Office of Children and Family Services, Letter to Detention Directors re: waiver application for waiver on the prohibition of cohousing AO male youth with JD and JO male youth, March 20, 2020


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