May 27, 2020

COVID-19: NY Courts to Allow New Lawsuits

In a May 20, 2020 memo to the entire New York Unified Court System, Chief Administrative Judge, Lawrence K. Marks, announced that effective May 25, 2020, e-filing through the NYSCEF system -- including the filing of new non-essential matters -- will be restored in all counties of the state; even those that have not yet met the benchmarks required to participate in the Governor's regional re-opening plan.  Those counties include the five New York City counties, as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, and Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.

Restoration is limited, however, only to those cases in which parties are represented by counsel.  Still, with this restoration it is expected that there will be an immediate increase of newly filed suits that were delayed due to COVID-19.  With the tremendous impact the pandemic has had in New York City’s five (5) Boroughs, and the surrounding downstate counties, this could result in an exponential influx of new suits, which Cipriani & Werner, P.C. is particularly positioned and prepared to respond to in light of the firm’s presence in those impacted counties, as well as the firm’s cloud-based infrastructure and remote capabilities which have allowed the firm’s lawyers to continue representing clients in New York throughout the duration of the government mandated lockdown.

If you need a suit filed or anticipate having one filed against you in light of the New York Courts’ filing restoration, you may contact the firm’s Metro NY/NJ Office and its Managing Partner, Francis J. Leddy, III, Esq. at