In order to reduce in-person operations, the courts in Nassau and Suffolk Counties announced plans to transition to remote operations by the end of the week.
On March 26, 2020, Hon. Norman St. George, the Administrative Judge for Nassau County (10th Judicial District) sent a memo to the Nassau County legal community, in which he announced plans to set up a "completely virtual courthouse" by the end of next week. Before Justice St. George's memo, all of the Nassau County court operations were consolidated into a single location and were only hearing essential matters. Now, those matters will be heard from the consolidated courthouse but on a virtual basis.
In Suffolk County, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Vito Caruso announced that virtual court operations will also begin this week in the Suffolk County courts as well as in parts of Rochester and Central New York. According to the statement, non-essential functions in these courts have already been postponed, so the virtual court operations will only be available for emergency and other essential proceedings.
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