Updated 3/30 -- This policy now applies to bar application materials.

In light of the advice we are receiving from public health officials regarding the societal benefits of social distancing, we are suspending the requirement that hard copy records, appendices, briefs and motions be filed.  Until further notice, hard copy filings will not be permitted.

The Court has indefinitely suspended all perfection and filing deadlines set forth in a Court order or the Court's rules for matters pending in the Appellate Division as of March 17, 2020 (a copy of the order suspending deadlines here).  For any filing made during this period, however, the following rules apply:

  • parties may file only emergency applications brought by order to show cause.  Such emergency application shall be filed by email to  No other applications or motions shall be submitted.
  • any filing made in connection with appeals subject to mandatory e-filing (other than an application or motion) must still be filed via NYSCEF and in accordance with the procedural and electronic rules of the Court.  However, the requirement that the hard copy filing must follow is suspended.
  • any digital filing made in connection with appeals that are not subject to mandatory e-filing shall be made through the digital portal accessible at  Hard copy filings in connection with those appeals shall not be made at this time.

We will provide instructions as to how to hard copy file once this emergency situation has abated.

In addition, at this time applications for certificates of good standing will only be accepted via web form submission

The safety of the public, parties in matters before this Court, and our staff members is paramount during this public emergency.  We appreciate your cooperation with these measures to promote public safety during this extraordinary time.

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