COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information


Service via email during COVID-19: As per Administrative Order 78/20 from Chief Administrative Judge Marks, only essential filings as enumerated in his order can be filed.  Summons and complaints in NYCAL cases are not one of them.  As per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.8, the statute of limitations on all actions has been stayed.

Furthermore, every law firm representing a party in NYCAL is understood to agree to the following provisions, which are effective until further notice, unless/until the law firm specifically opts out: We are not accepting service of papers by mail or hand delivery due to COVID-19 and consent to email service of any interlocutory papers required to be served upon our firm as counsel of record under CPLR 2103.

4/22/20: Trial Readiness Conferences are transitioning to Zoom video conferencing.  Parties who submit objections will receive an email with a zoom link

4/17/20: Hawkins Parnell & Young Notice re Email Service During COVID-19 (Revised)

4/14/20: Simmons Hanly Conroy Notice re Service During COVID 19

4/13/20: Justice Mendez will provide information on DECEASED FIFO BLOCKBUSTER settlement conferences this week. No additional dates are available yet on cases that have been adjourned for trial.  Calling or sending e-mails multiple times a day or even in the same week, does not get faster results and more detailed information.  This is an evolving process taking place under extraordinary circumstances.  Please have patience!

4/2/20: Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani Notice re Email Service During COVID 19

3/25/20: Karst & von Oiste Notice re Email Service During COVID 19

3/25/20: The Gori Law Firm Notice re Electronic Service During COVID-19

3/24/20: Early Lucarelli Sweeney & Meisenkothen re Notice of Electronic Filing due to COVID-19

3/24/20: Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer re COVID 19 NYCAL Notice

3/24/20: Maune Raichle Hartley French & Mudd re E-Mail Service due to COVID-19

3/24/20: Foley & Mansfield Re Email Service During COVID-19

3/24/20: Belluck & Fox re Electronic Service During COVID-19

3/23/20: McGivney, Kluger, Clark & Intoccia re Electronic Service During COVID-19

3/23/20: Meirowitz & Wasserberg re Service by Email During COVID 19

3/23/20: Weitz & Luxenberg Notice re Service During COVID-19

3/22/20: Administrative Order of the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts re COVID 19 dated March 22, 2020

3/20/20: Administrative Order of the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts re COVID 19 dated March 19, 2020

3/18/20: All conferences with the Special Master at Jams will be done with a call in number for the next 30 days. 

3/17/20: Coronavirus - Further Update on Additional Staffing Procedures

3/16/20: Court Operations NYCAL Asbestos Part - In accordance with instructions from court administration the courts are closed except for essential matters.  The jury room is closed.  No other Civil trials shall commence until further Notice.  Pending Civil Trials will continue to conclusion.  All cases scheduled for trial and all cases scheduled for FIFO Blockbuster Conferences for the next three weeks are adjourned.  The court will notify the parties of the future date.  ALL MOTIONS WILL BE TAKEN ON SUBMISSION ON THE ADJOURNED DATE.  NYCAL Part 13 is closed, except for work to be completed by me and my staff in chambers only.  No one should come to the courtroom or to chambers to deliver papers (ORDERS TO SHOW CAUSE, NOSJ Stipulations, death compromise orders or any other type of documents) until further notice from the court.  THESE DOCUMENTS MAY BE DELIVERED TO THE COURTROOM ONCE THE COURTS RE-OPEN. Manuel J. Mendez, J.S.C. NYCAL Coordinating Judge 

3/16/20: Until further notice, plaintiff’s counsel shall make appropriate arrangements for all counsel to appear via videoconferencing. The deposition should be streamed, such that all counsel are visible on the video feed, and the witness, plaintiff’s counsel and the examining attorney wear microphones that are turned on. Until further notice, plaintiff’s counsel shall make appropriate arrangements for all counsel to appear via videoconferencing. The deposition should be streamed, such that all counsel are visible on the video feed, and the witness, plaintiff’s counsel and the examining attorney wear microphones that are turned on.

 

 

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