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Second Department Issues Notice to Counsel Further Limiting In-Person Argument Print PDF


In light of the increase in COVID-19 cases, the Second Department is further limiting in-person argument.

Effective November 23, 2020, parties who have properly requested oral argument on their briefs and wish to proceed with oral argument must notify the court as to the name and email address of the individual who will be arguing. Notification is to be made by e-mail to no later than five business days prior to the date the matter is calendared.

This effectively means the court has to be notified at least a week in advance. All counsel and self-represented litigants must be copied on the e-mail. Failure to timely and properly notify the court will result in the matter being marked submitted. 

In-person argument may be requested (but is discouraged). Any such request must be made by e-mail to, with a cc to counsel and self-represented litigants, at least five business days prior to argument setting forth the reasons why oral argument via Microsoft Teams cannot be accomplished.

The Notice to Counsel can be found here


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