Gerber Ciano Kelly Brady remains open for business — and is more committed than ever — to serve clients and protect their interests through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
While courts have limited appearances, all GCKB attorneys and staff are fully focused on advocating for our clients. Our firm was designed from its inception to utilize innovative, secure, cloud-based technology tools and a paperless environment to allow us to work remotely without any impact on client services. Accordingly, all members of our team are working from home, and we’re avoiding any non-essential travel. We will continue employing our integrated technology for videoconference meetings, depositions, mediations and other matters as appropriate and necessary.
Our leadership is committed to communicating with our clients, the courts, and counsel with the goal of continuing to advance matters under the prevailing conditions. Additionally, in deploying our business continuity plan, we have been actively monitoring potential vendor risks and working closely with our outside partners to understand their pandemic planning and response plans.
Below are links to websites and documents providing the latest updates on how the courts are operating during this time within the primary jurisdictions we serve: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. And, since we handle matters across the United States and act as national coordinating counsel for many clients, we’re able to provide information on court activities and requirements throughout jurisdictions nationwide.
Please stay safe and do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.
State courts in New York are reopening. As of May 25, 2020, electronic filing is available in all New York courts. In-person court operations are available in all areas outside of New York City.
All statutes of limitations in New York are currently suspended until June 6, 2020. (See Executive Order No. 202.29, May 8 2020). As background, on March 20th, the Governor suspended and tolled any specific time limit for the commencement, filing of, or service of any legal action from March 20th to April 19th, 2020. (See Executive Order No. 202.8, Mar. 20, 2020). On April 7, 2020 the Governor extended the April 19th date to May 7th, 2020. (See Executive Order No. 202.14, April 7, 2020). The May 7th date has been extended to June 6, 2020. (See Executive Order No. 202.29, May 8, 2020).
Below is the time line of court closings and re-openings in New York:
As of Monday, March 23, 2020, the Court will hear all oral arguments using a teleconference platform. As of March 16, 2020, “all filing dates and other deadlines set out in the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Courts’ Local Rules and the Courts’ orders are extended or tolled by 21 days, effective today [March 16th] through May 17, 2020.”
All matters, except for Priority 1 matters, are suspended commencing Monday, March 16, 2020, and continuing through March 27, 2020. Trials are suspended for 30 days, unless already ongoing. On March 19, 2020, the Governor issued an executive order suspending “time requirements, statutes of limitation or other limitations to deadlines relating to service of process, court proceedings, or court filings”. Please see the below order for further details.
Civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued pending further Order of the Court. All in-court proceedings scheduled on or before April 20, 2020 continued. Each district or magistrate judge may choose to handle matters in court at their discretion. Electronic filings are still available.
Time calculations for the purposes of time computation for the filing of documents with the court or taking other judicially mandated action have been suspended beginning with March 13, 2020, ending with March 27, 2020. Many counties within the state are also issuing their own orders. We recommend following the link below for the latest information.
Attorneys may now file initiating papers electronically, and hard copies are discouraged, currently effective through April 13, 2020.
All civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin before April 27, 2020 are continued. Trial deadlines and scheduling orders remain in effect unless modified by Court Order. All grand jury sessions are suspended through April 3, 2020.
All hearings and proceedings requiring a physical appearance within sixty (60) days of March 13th are continued. Proceedings may be conducted by video or audio teleconference with Court approval. No new grand juries will be empaneled from March 13, 2020 to April 30, 2020.
Within the Third Circuit, oral arguments are moving forward as scheduled, but parties may request to appear by audio-conference by filing a motion. Please see the below press release from March 19th for further information.
New Jersey’s action is comprehensive, with discovery being relaxed and extended for two weeks. We believe that this may be modified and extended.
New Jersey (Federal Courts)
All civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin before April 30, 2020 are continued. Scheduling orders remain in effect unless modified by court order.