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June 22, 2020
On June 10, 2020, the New York County judges and staff return to the various courthouses in all of New York County. And the way that the courts are handling business is that while the judges are in their chambers and the clerks are in their offices and back offices, there is no traffic with respect to litigants coming in and out of the buildings. This will change once the Governor moves us closer to re-opening. Most contacts that the courts will have with litigants will be virtually either by Skype or telephone. However, if you do not have the technology to access the services via Skype the courthouse has set aside a certain amount of space where litigants can access these services.
As to new filings in New York City, the court system has implemented a system whereby new cases may be filed with the state of New York electronically. For more information, feel free to contact an attorney to request whatever services you might need at this time. With respect to divorce and child custody cases, this law firm still at the size is this area of law and would remain available to consult with you with respect to any questions you might have. During Covid, we are providing free 15-minute consultations and we will do so through the end of June 2020.
Another issue that has arisen in days past has been the aftermath of the shocking killing of George Floyd by the police department in Minnesota. Chief justice DIFIORE made an announcement on the New York golf website with respect to how the state will tackle racism and bias in the court system. This area of exploration is extremely important especially in family law where many families are now of mixed race. in order to tackle this very sensitive topic, the judge has appointed Mr. Johnson, of the law firm of Paul Weiss, to conduct a review of the New York court systems internal practices with respect to trying to identify and illuminate any issues of racism. Mr. Johnson is charged with rendering a report by October 2020 which will evaluate how the court system handles claims of discrimination.
if you are a person of mixed race or if you feel you have been discriminated against by the court system as a result of your race, or as a result of gender bias and if you require new legal representation in a hotly contested child custody or divorce case in Manhattan which deals with these issues, please consider our law firm as one that might take your case on. We are not an inexpensive law firm, but we are very familiar with these kinds of issues and can be of great assistance.
Lisa Beth Older
Your Manhattan Divorce Lawyer