Posted by nyhawk on September 17, 2001 at 04:40:55:
Manhattan Courts Open Today
New York Law Journal
September 17, 2001
The New York State courts in Manhattan, with the possible exception of the courthouse at 71 Thomas Street, will be open on today, court officials said Sunday. Courts in the other boroughs had reopened on Thursday after being closed for two days because of the attack on the World Trade Center.
Office of Court Administration spokesperson David Bookstaver said that, while calendars of previously scheduled cases will be called today, judges will be "extremely sensitive" to the problems faced by litigants and lawyers.
Judges continue to be stationed at the Community Court in Harlem to handle requests for eviction stays, at the Midtown Community Court to hear applications for orders of protection in domestic cases and at the Appellate Division, First Department, to entertain other emergency orders. The Appellate Division, First Department, which is on 25th Street and Madison Avenue, has heard all of its scheduled arguments throughout the crisis.
In Manhattan, people summoned for state court jury duty -- whether grand jury or trial jury -- should report only if they have been instructed to do so by the court, according to the court system's web site. In Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island, all persons summoned for grand jury service should report; those summoned for trial jury service should report only if they are both assigned to an ongoing case, and have specifically instructed to do so by the court.
New York State court staff should report to work in all courts statewide, including all those in Manhattan. As of 1:00 p.m. Sunday, it was not known whether the Office of Court Administration's offices at 25 Beaver Street will be open.
To get the latest information on the status of the state courts and information about which jurors should report to duty, call either 800-COURTNY or 888-COURTNY. Updated information is also available on state court system's Web site at www.courts.state.ny.us.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan will remain closed through Monday, largely because of a lack of telephone service and transportation problems, Chief Judge Michael B. Mukasey said late Friday. The White Plains courthouse remains open, but "only Part 1 matters of outstanding urgency" should be directed to that court, according to a court announcement. Attorneys handling such matters should first call the clerk's office, at 914-390-4001.
A recorded announcement about Southern District court operations, at 914-390-4220, will be updated each day at 6:00 p.m.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments all this week at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, located on 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
Attorneys can file papers related to 2nd Circuit appeals, starting today, at the City Bar between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. That procedure will remain in place until the Clerk's Office at the 40 Foley Square courthouse has reopened. There will be no penalty for papers filed late that had been due at the 2nd Circuit on or after Sept. 11. The court is asking that any overdue papers be filed as promptly as possible, spokesman Steve Young said. No precise grace period has, as yet, been established.
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