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New York’s Appellate Division, First Department Expands Its Virtual Operations Print PDF


As with the Second Department, the First Department has announced that is expanding its operations as a virtual court:

  • Calendaring for Two Special Terms:  The Court will hold two special terms:  (1) the May Special Term, beginning on May 4, 2020 and ending on May 29, 2020, and (2) the June Special Term, beginning on June 1, 2020 and ending on June 26, 2020.  The Court is preparing calendars for the May Special Term, with matters to be calendared every Wednesday and Thursday beginning on May 6, 2020.  All calendared matters will either be heard on submission or argued orally through Skype, which will be livestreamed on the Court’s website.  For the June Special Term, responding briefs are due by May 8, 2020, and reply briefs by May 18, 2020.
  • Deadlines for Remaining Terms Are Suspended, But Appeals May Still Proceed:  While recognizing that the “perfection, filing, and other deadlines for the remaining terms” are indefinitely suspended, the Court stated that “litigants may consensually perfect appeals and file motions.” 
  • No Hard Copy Filings:  For the “safety of [its] employees and the public,” the Court continues to suspect the requirements for hard copy records, appendices, and briefs.
  • Electronic Filing:  If a matter is subject to mandatory e-filing, those filings must still be filed through NYSCEF.  If a matter is not subject to mandatory e-filing, the Court’s announcement provides various e-mail addresses to which filings and motions should be sent, depending upon the type of case. 
  • Attorney Admissions and Grievance Complaints:  The Court is still processing attorney admission applications, with remote candidate admission and admission ceremonies through Skype.  The Court will also resume issuing certificates of good standing.  As for grievance complaints, the Court will accept and process them remotely.

The First Department’s announcement can be found at:


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