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The New Normal (NY)

August 21, 2020

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<p style="text-align: justify;">The New York Supreme Court <a href="">Commercial</a> Division has enacted a new rule that allows attorneys to request permission to appear remotely before commercial judges based on a showing of a good cause. The new rule is a clear shift from the status quo of courts operating on an ad hoc basis filled with administrative court adjournments and trial delays. However, what separates the Commercial Division's new rules from most other courts is that it provides attorneys with more autonomy to facilitate the progress of their client’s cases on the trial calendar.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">It is now incumbent on courts to allow a transition to a more digital platform by allowing remote participation and paperless submissions. We can safely assume that we are in the new normal, and the idea of returning back to pre-covid days any time soon is just a pipe dream that only delays bureaucratic operations even more than they were before the pandemic. Attorneys and court staff continue to acclimate themselves to the new changes and adapt to attending hearings and conferences remotely.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Thanks to James Papadakis for his contribution to this post. Please contact <a href="">Heather Aquino</a> with any questions.</p>


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