As we reported last week, the New York Courts resumed both criminal and civil jury trials under strict COVID-19 protocols.  Although a few trials made it through to completion, in light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases throughout the state, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks issued a memorandum today, which halted future in-person jury trials until further notice.

The memo stated:

In light of recent adverse trends in coronavirus transmission rates in New York State, discussions with our consultants and Governor Cuomo's most recent directives limiting congregation of groups of people in public and private locations, we are revising certain UCS statewide operational practices in the trial courts, commencing Monday, November 16, as follows: . 

  • No new prospective trial jurors (criminal or civil) will be summoned for jury service until further notice. Pending criminal and civil jury trials will continue to conclusion.
  • No new prospective grand jurors will be summoned for grand jury service until further notice. Pending grand juries will continue to conclusion.
  • All future bench trials and hearings will be conducted virtually unless the respective Deputy Chief Administrative Judge permits otherwise. Pending bench trials will continue to conclusion.

The memo also stated that "socially-distanced in-person court conferences will continue."

For more information and the latest updates, including a list of executive orders, be sure to monitor our COVID-19 Resources Page for New York Lawyers.