Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.48, which continued the temporary suspension and modification of laws as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We covered the previous executive orders continuing the suspension and modification of laws here and the full list of executive orders is available on our COVID-19 Resources Page for New York Lawyers.
As part of Executive Order 202.48, all statutes of limitations and other statutory deadlines for filing and service are further suspended through August 5, 2020. In addition, the modification of laws to allow for virtual notarization of documents and remote witnessing of written instruments is extended though August 5.
Executive Order 202.48 also continued to suspend certain portions of the Criminal Procedure Law related to speedy trial, grand jury presentment, and in-person appearances in criminal matters. However, the order called for resumption of certain deadlines in counties that have entered later phases of re-opening that permit in-person appearances (we covered some courts' moves to Phases 3 and 4 here). As a result, lawyers should no longer rely on statewide guidance and should check the status of court operations in the relevant jurisdiction before deciding how Executive Order 202.48 applies.