New York Covid-19 Rules

By Belinda Paredes, Esq.

February 15, 2022

Beginning in March of 2020, the Chief Judge of the state of New York implemented a number of rules regarding functioning of the courts during the Covid-19 crisis. The initial orders of March 17, 2020 covered limiting court business to essential matters only and allowing some trials to proceed, if already underway, but suspending new trials. Some urgent family matters were also available for hearing at the discretion of the court. These initial orders also suspended residential evictions and foreclosures in New York City. See, AO/3/20, AO/68/20).

As the pandemic waxed and waned throughout 2020 and 2021, the court adjusted established orders and instituted new orders as required to meet the circumstances. The main functions affected by the court Administrative Orders were in the areas of e-filing and remote hearings, to minimize spread of Covid-19 through the court system, and eviction and foreclosure stays and relief, both residential and commercial, due to the economic upheaval during the crisis.

As of January 16, 2022, most hearings and court functions have been restored to their normal course of function, except as disruptions are caused by cases of Covid that crop up or as superseded in the future by federal or state requirements (See AO/34/22, AO/35/22.) Court filings have resumed under the normal course of rules, although e-filing and remote conferencing are encouraged where convenient. Evictions and foreclosures have resumed mostly under the usual rules, except where ERAP (Eviction Relief Assistance Program) reporting requirements for Hardship Declarations are involved.


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