The impact of COVID on New York courts is undeniable. Throughout the state, courts shut down for non-essential matters early on in the pandemic. Residents attempted to navigate common legal concerns with remote alternatives, but it would be an understatement to say that this has proven difficult.

Now, guidance has once again shifted, with a greater volume of cases returning to Rochester courts. Visiting court looks a lot different than it did in the past, however, so it helps to be prepared. Keep the following in mind as you await your court visit:

Rescheduled Cases

A high volume of cases have been rescheduled during the pandemic, with further delays expected during the transition back to in-person appearances. Statutes of limitations and orders of protection have been extended via executive order, but it's still important to keep an eye on deadlines. Unfortunately, communication delays remain common. Many people find it easier to navigate these issues with help from legal advocates.

PPE Compliance Coordinators

Should the need for in-person appearances arise, you can take solace in knowing that the NYS Unified Court System has developed a detailed plan to reduce the potential for transmission. This includes providing a consistent supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), ensuring that all court employees are masked, and conducting regular walk-throughs to confirm that cleaning and other preventive protocol are followed.

If you're worried about dealing with Rochester's courts during a pandemic, you're far from alone. With guidance from Ganguly Brothers PLLC, however, it's possible to handle your legal concerns safely and efficiently. Contact us today to learn more.

Sources

http://ww2.nycourts.gov/courts/7jd/index.shtml

http://ww2.nycourts.gov/7jd-ppe-compliance-coordinators-31091