Please note that Motions assigned to the Commercial Division in Supreme Queens must not be made returnable before the assigned Judge at 10 AM. Please note that these motions must be labeled COMMERCIAL DIVISION on the front page.
Welcome to the March 2017 issue of the eLaw Insider.
It’s officially spring! Hopefully Mother Nature gets the memo and we’ve seen our last nor’easter for 2017. While you were digging out or simply avoiding the roads, many of you took advantage of our new ePer Diem service to cover appearances. Learn more about our newest offering and find out what customers are saying below.
This issue also includes an overview of two popular eLaw offerings to help improve efficiency in your firm’s daily operations and recent procedural changes announced by the Queens Civil Court and Bronx County Supreme Court as well as filing dates for the upcoming Appellate Court terms.
As always, to learn more about ePer Diem or other eLaw services that can help improve your firm’s productivity, contact me at Dominick@eLaw.com.
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Recent Court Updates
Queens Civil Court Update
Effective February 27, 2017:
- Parts 40/41 (No Fault Motions) will be combined with Parts 30/32/34/35/38/39 (Special Term Motions) in Courtroom 308 at 9:30 a.m.
- Infant Compromise Hearings (Part 37) will be heard in Courtroom 308 at 11:30 a.m.
- Con Edison Voluntary Conferences will be held in Courtroom 306 at 9:30 a.m.
Bronx County – Supreme Court
Effective March 1, 2017:
Actions or proceedings that are commenced as e-file cases by a plaintiff/petitioner and then assigned to one of the City Parts in the Bronx Supreme Court (Part 3, Judge Mitchell J. Danziger presiding, and Parts 33 and 17 (NYCHA cases), Judge Larry S. Schachner presiding) will no longer be removed from e-filing. All motions, orders and any other documents to be filed must be filed by NYSCEF.
Working Copies of all e-filed motions and e-filed opposition, reply, stipulations, and any other responding documents must be filed in Room 217 at the Courthouse, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451 on or before the return date.
In addition, hard copies of all e-filed ex parte orders and notices of settlement must be filed in Room 217; hard copies of e-filed orders to show cause must be filed in Room 216. For further information for the Bronx Supreme Court, please check the Filing Rules for the E-Filed Motions at www.nycourts.gov/courts.
Bronx County – Supreme Court
Motor Vehicle Special Trial Part
Effective March 27, 2017:
As part of the court’s Motor Vehicle Initiative, Justice Elizabeth Taylor will preside over a newly created Motor Vehicle Special Trial Part (Motor Vehicle STP), which will be comprised of automobile cases that are 12 months post-note of issue or older.
Motor vehicle cases that are currently assigned to Justice Doris Gonzalez will remain with Justice Gonzalez and will not be transferred to Justice Taylor. However, Justice Gonzalez will not be receiving any new motor vehicle cases.
In an effort to centralize the operations of the court’s STP Program, Justices Gonzalez and Taylor will continue to occupy adjoining courtrooms (711 and 710 respectively).
Contemporaneous to the creation of the Motor Vehicle STP is the commencement of a program to expedite decisions in pending “serious injury” threshold motions.
Counsel are cautioned that all cases assigned to the Motor Vehicle STP are deemed trial ready and may be sent out to trial as early as the first conference before Justice Taylor.
First Department – Appellate Term
Filing Dates for the April Term:
The April 2017 Term of the Court will commence on April 3, 2017. All filing dates are passed.
Filing Dates for the May Term
The May 2017 Term of the Court will commence on May 1, 2017. The last dates for filing that term are as follows:
- The Clerk’s Return, record on Appeal, Appendices, Notice of Argument and Appellant’s Briefs must be filed on or before March 8, 2017.
- Respondent’s Briefs must be filed on or before March 30, 2017.
- Reply Briefs, if any, must be filed on or before April 7, 2017
Be sure to visit www.eLaw.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook for court updates as they become available.
Visit with representatives from eLaw at the following spring events:
NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar
April 26-28, 2017
Atlantic City, NJ
2017 Law Day Dinner
May 4, 2017
New York, NY
NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention
May 17-19, 2017
Atlantic City, NJ
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Please take notice that commencing on March 1, 2017, actions or proceedings that are commenced as e-file cases by a plaintiff/petitioner and then assigned to one of the City Parts in the Bronx Supreme Court (Part 3, Judge Mitchell J. Danziger presiding, and Parts 33 and 17 (NYCHA cases), Judge Larry S. Schachner presiding) will no longer be removed from e-filing. All motions, orders and any other documents to be filed must be filed by NYSCEF. Working Copies of all e-filed motions and e-filed opposition, reply, stipulations, and any other responding documents must be filed in Room 217 at the Courthouse, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451 on or before the return date.
In addition, hard copies of all e-filed ex parte orders and notices of settlement must be filed in Room 217; hard copies of e-filed orders to show cause must be filed in Room 216. For further information for Bronx Supreme Court, please check the Filing Rules for the E-Filed Motions at http://www.nycourts.gov/courts.
2/16/2017 – NOTE OF ISSUE EXTENSION STIPULATIONS
Inquiries regarding Note of Issue, NINA calendar, and Stips to restore a case are to be made in Room 282 or 774
- Caption must match Court computer including third party actions.
- Language restoring the case is required if the case is disposed or if stipulation is submitted after the NINA date. IF the case has been disposed over one (1) year, a motion to restore must be made.
- All parties must be accounted for in the stipulation, including parties in default, parties dismissed on summary judgment, parties who have not appeared or answered, discontinuances, etc.
- Signatures must be by an attorney; a law firm’s name is insufficient.
- Stipulation must indicate all discovery that remains outstanding.
- Extensions can be up to 60 days, or 90 days if the case is complex.
- Two stipulations will be accepted. If a second one is necessary, it must be accompanied by an affirmation of good cause. Any further applications must be made by motion.
- Stipulations must be submitted at least ONE (1) day prior to the NINA (disposal) date for signature.
- If a case was disposed for failure to appear at a conference, it may be restored on consent of all parties with a new conference date in the stipulation.