The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, recently issued guidance about the court's operations for the Fall 2020 term.  

The announcement stated:

In light of the continuing public health emergency in New York State, commencing with the September 2020 Term and until further notice, the Appellate Division, First Department will hold oral arguments in-person at the courthouse and remotely via Microsoft Teams. Additionally, the Court will be holding oral arguments four days per week -- on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. and on Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Oral arguments will be held in-person every Wednesday and remotely on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The highlights of the announcement are as follows:

  • Any party who wants to request oral argument, must do so at least one week in advance by emailing, with an emailed copy to opposing counsel or self-represented litigant.  The requestor must attach the the email a completed notice of appearance with the contact information, including e-mail address, of the attorney who will be arguing.  The requestor must also indicate, among other things, the amount of time requested.  Requests should not be submitted until a matter has been calendared for a particular term and date.
  • Anyone entering the courthouse will be subject to screening and temperature checks.  Anyone subject to quarantine restrictions pursuant to an executive order, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or who have tested positive for COVID-19 or had close contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days will not be permitted into the courthouse.
  • Facial coverings are required for all people entering the courthouse.
  • All filing deadlines will remain in effect.
  • The requirement for parties to submit hard copies of papers remains suspended.
  • All matters except original proceedings and attorney matters are subject to e-filing on NYSCEF.  All original proceedings and attorney matters must be submitted electronically through the Digital Submission Portal.
  • Attorney admissions and swearing-in ceremonies will continue remotely.
  • Attorney grievance matters will continue to be submitted electronically.

For more information, and the latest updates, be sure to monitor our COVID-19 Resources Page for New York Lawyers.