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COVID-19 & the NYC Court System

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every area of life, including how courts operate. SRLP is working to create resources specific for trans and gender non-conforming individuals. This guide briefly describes COVID-19’s impact on New York City courts. As always, if you are already working with a lawyer, it is best to reach out to your lawyer directly with any questions about how your specific situation is affected. You can find up-to-date information about New York State courts here.

Both criminal and civil courts in NYC are only open for “essential” functions. All matters deemed “nonessential” will be postponed until further notice. If you have a specific question about juror service, a case already in court, or you need to start a court case, you can call the Coronavirus Telephone Hotline at 833-503-0447.

New York City Civil Courts

New York City civil courts are open for essential or emergency applications only. Most matters, including filed name changes and appearances in housing court, have been adjourned for at least 45 days. If you have a scheduled civil court matter, you will receive an adjournment date by postcard. You can also search New York State’s E-Court system for adjournment dates.

New York City Family Court

New York City family courts are being handled by virtual court appearances and are limited to essential/emergency matters, including:

  • child protection intake cases involving remand applications;
  • newly filed juvenile delinquency intake cases involving remand applications and modifications of such orders;
  • family offense petitions requesting temporary orders of protection

The court is also reviewing on submission the following: orders to show cause requesting emergency relief, and stipulations.

If you have additional questions about family court matters, please contact a lawyer ASAP.

Legal Referrals:

NYLAG: “We continue to mediate during the coronavirus pandemic. While our physical office is closed, we are offering mediation sessions via video conference on family cases and divorces where there is no domestic violence. To find out if you are eligible for our free services, please email us at”

Legal Aid NYC:

Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

718- 286-2450
Monday, Wednesday or Friday 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Staten Island
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Matters or questions regarding the representation of children should be directed to the Juvenile Rights Practice Team in your borough.

New York City Criminal Courts

New York City criminal courts are open for all essential court operations, including arraignments and emergency applications. All nonessential matters have been adjourned. If you have a Desk Appearance Ticket, C-Summons, or another pending criminal matter, you will be notified of your new court date. You can also search New York State’s E-Court system for adjournment dates.

The NYC Criminal Court Call Center is available for specific questions at 646-386-4900.

If you have additional questions about criminal court matters, please contact a lawyer ASAP.

Legal Referrals: