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NYS Court Orders and Guidance
Summary: Evictions and foreclosures, among other things, are halted for ninety days by Executive Order 202.8. They are halted until further notice by the Chief Administrative Judge. You may also have extra time to file a court case, but the courts are open for emergencies like Orders of Protection. Trials that have started will continue but no others will be scheduled.
**Effective April 13th, 2020, courts will begin to handle some non-essential matters remotely. This only applies to matters that are already pending; no new nonessential filings will be accepted. Judges are being directed to decide pending motions, to determine which matters are ripe for remote conferences, and to decide what else they can do to move pending matters forward. A later memo from Judge Marks sets out a bit more detail on what the courts will be doing. **
**Effective April 6th, 2020: courts in the Third Judicial District and Fourth Judicial District will begin holding “virtual court” by Skype. The courts are still hearing essential matters only. Details, as well as the counties in each district, may be found in the linked orders.**
On March 22, 2020, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks issued Administrative Order 78/20. Effective immediately and until further notice, no county or court clerk may accept any filings unless they are specifically listed as “essential” OR unless the judge determines that the matter is essential. Essential matters:
Executive Order 202.8, signed March 20, 2020, tolls (stops) all legal statutes of limitations statewide through April 19, 2020 (extended to May 7, 2020 by Executive Order 202.14). Further, no evictions or foreclosures may be enforced until at least June 18, 2020.
Update Memorandum of March 19, 2020–references what essential matters are still being heard by state courts and the list of designated court locations
Designated Court Locations Outside of New York City updated March 19, 2020
 Criminal courts may also hear orders of protection