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Please contact the RCBA at 718-442-4500 and/or email Eve L. Newman, Esq. or Maria Colonna-Emannuel..


Richmond County Criminal Court Operations

Effective immediately and until further notice, Richmond County Criminal Court will make the following changes to its operations:

· All in-person appearances will be suspended and rescheduled. (Defense counsel should notify any defendants scheduled to appear this week not to report for an in-person appearance).

· Only essential matters will be scheduled and heard. All other matters will be administratively adjourned.

· Essential matters include live arraignments, preliminary hearings, CPL 180.80 and 170.70 and other time-sensitive applications. (In-person DAT arraignments will be suspended and rescheduled). These matters will be conducted virtually in Part AR1 (and AR 4 on the weekends) and Part AP1. All parties will appear remotely. (Grand Jury operations will be addressed by Supreme Court in a separate email).

· CJA release assessment interviews may not be conducted at the courthouse.

· Only personnel essential to AR1, AP1, back office and security functions will be instructed to report in-person to 26 Central Avenue.

· Public foot traffic for Criminal Court operations will be limited to arraignment viewing, posting of bail and other time-sensitive, critical functions.

March 2021 Part Rules

2021 March - Part Rules Info

Richmond Supreme Operational Adjustments

In an effort to minimize foot traffic and in-person appearances, Richmond Supreme Court will begin implementing they following operational adjustments. These adjustments will be effective immediately and shall remain in place until further notice;

· All Criminal matters requiring and in-person appearance will either be converted to a virtual appearance or reschedule for a future date.

· All civil and matrimonial conferences and appearances will remain to be virtual only.

· Only essential employees will report the court house to maintain of operations.

· Court Reporters, Clerical employees, interpreters and law department employees will report virtually.

· Public foot traffic for the Supreme will be limited to posting of bail, warrant returns and other time-sensitive critical functions.

General Coronavirus Updates

Informative Links

Richmond County Surrogates Court

See the Historical Society for the NY Courts' video, "New York State Lawyers' Response to the Pandemic Project." Click HERE.

  • Kings County Virtual Discovery Rules click HERE.

  • NYSBA Recommendations on re-opening Law Firms. Click HERE.


Hon. Pasquale Bifulco

Judge pasquale bifulco has passed

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of the Hon. Pasquale Bifulco. The Services are as follows:

Wake: Thursday - 5/20 - 2 PM to 4 PM and 7PM to 9 PM & Friday - 5/21 - 2 PM to 4 PM and 7 PM to 9 PM

Matthew Funeral Home And Cremation Services, Inc., 2508 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, New York

Funeral: Saturday 5/22 - 11:00 am at Our Lady Of Good Counsel Church, 10 Austin Place, Staten Island, New York

Final Resting Place: Fairview Cemetery, 1852 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, New York

The RCBA presents 2020-21 Judicial Composite to Hon. Desmond Green

James M. O'Donnell, Esq.

James M. O'Donnell has passed

Attorney and Army veteran. James M. O'Donnell, 85, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2021. James was born in Brooklyn, NY, in October 1935 to Edward and Margaret O'Donnell, and was an avid fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. He attended Bishop Loughlin High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts from City College of New York in 1957 and his Bachelor of Laws from Brooklyn Law School in 1960.

He was admitted to the New York State Bar; United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; United States District Court, Southern District; and United States District Court, Eastern District.

For more information and the rest of the obituary, click HERE.

Janet McFarland, Esq. has been approved by the Judiciary Committee for Judge of the Family Court

Anthony J. Castellano, Esq.

Anthony "Tony" Castellano has passed.


It is with great sadness that the family of Anthony John Castellano, 79, announce his passing on January 18, 2021 at his home in Manchester, NJ.

Tony was born in Brooklyn on September 28, 1941 to Tom and Anna (Lococo) Castellano, the youngest of 5 children. After graduating from Fordham University of Law, he became a member of the Richmond County Bar Association and led a successful career in real estate law. He was a hardworking man, a loving father and grandfather, and a devout Catholic. He enjoyed simple pleasures in life such as spending time with family, smoking cigars, and watching Law & Order, but it was his children and grandchildren that brought him the most joy.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Anna, his brother Major General Vito Castellano, his brother in laws Joseph Vurchio and Edward Russo and his sister in laws Dottie Castellano and Marie Castellano.

He is survived by his children Lisa (Neal) Britton, Annmarie (Alec) Lehrer, Jennifer (Joe) Mariconda, Marc (Maryann) Castellano, Stephanie (Chris) Cardillo, and Michael Castellano; his grandchildren Megan Filoramo, Hannah Filoramo, Ava Castellano, Mia Castellano, Christian Mariconda, Julia Mariconda, Lily Mariconda, Addison Castellano, Aiden Lehrer, Emma Lehrer, and Olivia Cardillo; his siblings Margaret Russo, Ann Vurchio, Sebastian Castellano and his sister in law Mary Castellano; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, January 22 from 5-9 pm at John Vincent Scalia Funeral home. A funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday, January 23 at 10:00am at Our Lady Help of Christians in Tottenville.

Donations in lieu of flowers are welcome to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (

Edward McCarthy, Esq. has passed.

Click HERE for more information.

our heartfelt condolences go out to rcba board member, biju koshy, and his family for the loss of his mother, alice koshy.

Vincent Gallo, Esq. "A frightening decision for real estate practitioners!"

PRENDERGAST v. SWIENCICKY, 2020 NY Slip Op 02686 (App Division, 3d Department, May 7, 2020)

The following Decision in an abridged version, which could potentially impact every Real Estate Attorney who represents a Client who, well after the ink has dried on the Contract of Sale, now decides that they do not want to close. So what do they do? They look to their Attorney to perform magic, or at the very least, throw a Hail Mary Pass into the end zone, hoping to find a receiver.

See the article by clicking here.

Vincent Gallo, Esq. "'s a good thing I had an Attorney I could sue for legal malpractice!"

New Jersey Jury Awards $343,000.00 in a Legal Malpractice Suit by a Purchaser of Polluted Property.

See the article by clicking here.

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