Temporary Orders of Protection during the COVID-19 Crisis

Submitted by Gabrielle Markle

As of March 16, 2020, all non-essential matters in the Unified Court System of New York State were adjourned until at least April 30, 2020. Essential matters were narrowly defined to reduce traffic in the courthouse. It is advised that if you have an upcoming court date, to call the court for information regarding your appearance. All court proceedings will be consolidated to one central location. In Erie County, that location is: Erie County Courthouse at 25 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY 14202.

This constantly changing situation could present some questions to those who have pending proceedings where a temporary order of protection was issued. In an order issued from Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks, all temporary orders of protection shall be extended until the next court date.

If you were granted a temporary order of protection in a court proceeding, it is advised you carry a copy of the temporary order as well as a copy of the order from Judge Marks extending the date, in the event that you need to enforce the order of protection.
Attached to this blog post is the Administrative Order from Chief Judge Marks. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call our Legal Advice Helpline at 844-481-0973.

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