State Courts Are Expanding Virtual/Remote Operations to “Non-Essential” Matters

An April 8 Administrative Order from Chief Administrative Judge Marks provides for the expansion of virtual court operations and remote access to nonessential court matters, effective Monday, April 13, 2020, which may include judges conferencing cases, deciding motions and resolving discovery disputes in pending matters. Per the order, “No new nonessential matters may be filed until further notice; nor may additional papers be filed by parties in pending nonessential matters. The court shall file such orders in essential and nonessential matters as it deems appropriate.”  Video technology will be exclusively through Skype for Business.  Read further details on AO/85/20 here and information from the court regarding Skype for Business here.

This Administrative Order follows and updates Chief Administrative Judge Marks’s April 7 letter to trial court judges and justices regarding virtual operation for non-essential matters.


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