In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks on Wednesday directed that eviction warrants issued on or after March 17 must be suspended until at least Oct. 1, while eviction notices filed before March 17 must be conferenced before a judge before any further action may be taken.
The order comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order last week authorizing the temporary suspension and modification of certain laws related to the current disaster emergency.
Specifically, Marks’ Administrative Order 160/20 states:
In light of recent revisions in statewide restrictions on the filing and prosecution of eviction matters in New York State arising during the course of the COVID-1 9 public health emergency, attached please find a copy of AO/160/20 (Attachment A), which amends the temporary protocol for handling of those proceedings in several significant respects. In brief: (1) eviction proceedings filed on or after March 17, 2020 continue to be suspended; (2) cases filed before March I 7 may proceed; (3) residential eviction cases filed before March 17 – including cases where a warrant of eviction has already issued but not been executed – must be conferenced before a judge before any further action is taken, and no outstanding or new residential warrants of eviction may be executed prior to October 1, 2020; and (d) commercial evictions may proceed without a conference.
The full administrative order from Marks can be accessed by clicking here.