The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a Standing Order yesterday suspending all in-person operations until January 15, 2021.  The Order, In re Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic, states:

[e]ffective Tuesday, December 1, 2020, in-person operations in the Southern District of New York will be suspended until January 15, 2021. This temporary curtailment of operations is required to preserve public health and safety in light of the recent spike in coronavirus cases, both nationally and within the Southern District of New York.

The Order also outlines procedures that will be in place during the temporary shutdown, which includes the following:

  • All courthouses will be open, however, no hearings, trials or other in-person appearances will be scheduled;
  • All jury trials scheduled between December 1, 2020 and January 15, 2021 will be rescheduled for later dates to be determined by the presiding judge in the case;
  • All criminal matters will be conducted remotely unless the defendant declines to waive his or her right to be physically present and the court concludes that the matter cannot be postponed as provided in the CARES Act;
  • No jurors will be summoned between now and January 15, 2021 and no new grand juries will be selected until January 19, 2021 (sitting grand juries will continue to operate);
  • The office of the Clerk of Court will be open during regular business hours, however, public counters will only be staffed between 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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