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.
Starting June 24, 2021, documents can no longer be notarized electronically. This had been allowed during the pandemic.
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 returned 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.
Updated rules about the courts response to Covid can be found NY Courts website.
NOTE: As of 8/13/21, everyone entering the court buildings must wear a mask.
Resources on NY Crime Victims Legal Help
See additional information on our Money & Financial Issues Page about:
- Broadband services and Internet Connected Devices
- NYS Homeowner Assistance Fund
- Low Income Household Water Assistance Program
- Landlord Rental Assistance
- Rent for HEAP Households
- Child Care Funds for Essential Workers and Education Workers
- Emergency Rent Assistance Program
- Stimulus Checks (2020 and 2021) and garnishment
- Utility shutoffs
See additional information on our Employment Issues Page about:
- Workers' Compensation
- Unemployment Insurance
See additional information on Housing Issues Page about:
- Emergency Rent Assistance
- 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 January 12, 2022