Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
We recognize the impact that Covid-19 is having on our community, and we want to reassure you that there are resources available to help you during this difficult time. Please remember, there are people who can help you manage your feelings, stress, and anxiety that this crisis has caused. You are not alone.
Courts are gradually returning to in-person operations. In some areas, civil and criminal jury trials resumed, and on May 24, 2021, all judges and court staff will return to in-person work. Some matters will still be held virtually (through the use of technology, such as Microsoft Teams or teleconference). The type of cases that are being heard may depend on the jurisdiction (area) you live.
Right now, the public must still obey safety measure such as masks, temperature checks and physical distancing.
Resources on NY Crime Victims Legal Help
See additional information on our Safety Issues Page about:
- Orders of Protection
- Safety and Voting
See additional information on our Family Law Issues Page about:
- Child Support
See additional information on our Money & Financial Issues Page about:
- Emergency Rent Assistance Program
- Broadband Internet Services
- Stimulus Checks (2020 and 2021) and garnishment
- Utility shutoffs
See additional information on our Employment Issues Page about:
- Emergency Paid Sick Leave
- Emergency Paid Family Medical Leave
- NYS Emergency Paid Leave
- Workers' Compensation
- Unemployment Insurance
See additional information on our Victim Rights Page about:
- Applying for victim compensation without a police report if you are a domestic violence victim
See additional information on Housing Issues Page about:
- Rent Relief
- Housing Protections
- Please go to LawHelpNY and Empire Justice Center for COVID-19 related legal information and resources.
- For services in New York State impacted by COVID-19, please go to the NYS Department of Health.
Updated June 15, 2021