We would like to keep you informed as to how the COVID-19/Coronavirus situation may be affecting your legal matters.
By Order of the Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York, most functions of the courts are being postponed until further notice. Pending criminal and civil trials will continue to conclusion, and no other trials will commence until further notice. Certain matters, i.e. orders of protection, family offenses, child protection proceedings and support orders shall proceed as the Court may allow. The Judges, in addressing essential applications, will exercise discretion in a manner designed to minimize court appearances and traffic in the courts.
All Court operations for each county in the State must be consolidated into ONE building per county. Erie County Courthouse will accommodate Supreme, County and City Court functions for Erie County. The Niagara County Courthouse in Lockport will accommodate Niagara County Supreme, County and City Court functions. The same protocol will apply in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee and Wyoming Counties, as well as elsewhere.
All parties are expected to follow the terms of the most recent Temporary Court Order, Final Order or Agreement relative to their case. No party shall unilaterally make decisions separate from the terms explicitly outlined in orders, directives, or agreements.
Our office will remain open and available by conducting video and phone conferences in order to minimize interpersonal contact, and to conform with social distancing protocol as urged by the government and CDC. We will continue to accommodate new clients with legal matters, as well as existing clients. Again, this will largely involve video and telephonic contact. We will provide updated information relating to scheduling of court matters as they become available from the New York State Unified Court System.
We remain committed to helping navigate through these most difficult times, and wish for you to
PURSUANT TO the Administrative Order of the Administrative Judge of the Eighth Judicial District of the State of New York, dated March 17, 2020, it is
ORDERED that all Temporary Orders of Protection issued in all counties in the Eighth Judicial District that are due to expire on a date which the matter may not be heard due to extraordinary circumstances, including a public health emergency, are extended under the same terms and conditions until the date the matter is re-calendared, unless the order is terminated or modified by a judge or by a referee assigned to the case.
Pursuant to the Order of the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State, County Clerk filings will be permitted in certain types of cases deemed essential. Feel free to contact our offices to determine whether your legal matter will be able to go forward at this time.
If you test positive for COVID-19, and have visited any State or Federal Courthouse in the prior 14 days, you are asked to notify the Court system immediately at 833-503-0447.
As a Buffalo divorce lawyer for 27 years, I have devoted myself to solving the problems that affect families throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area and Western New York. As a family law attorney, I make it my goal to create a partnership of trust with my clients. People put their trust in me to handle cases that can potentially have a long-lasting impact on not only their lives, but the lives of their family as well.
Alexandra M. Rockwood is an Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis & Associates and has been with the firm since early 2020. She practices primarily in the areas of matrimonial and family law. Ms. Rockwood graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in History and minors in Political…