A Message From Sheila McGinn, President

June 26, 2020

Dear Members:

Some noteworthy items to update you on:

* On June 23, 2020, Chief Administrative Judge Marks issued a memo “Procedure for Addressing Residential and Commercial Proceedings”. To review the memo, please go to http://www.nycourts.gov/home.shtml and it is listed under “Latest News”- http://www.courts.state.ny.us/LegacyPDFS/admin/opp/Foreclosure-Proceedings.pdf

This memo addresses: how commencement documents in foreclosure proceedings are to be filed; two additional documents are now required upon commencement of commercial and residential foreclosure matters (AO/131/20); whether or not an answer is filed- the further hearing of a case shall be stayed; the suspension of foreclosure matters continues with several exceptions and no motions with the exception of a motion to discontinue a pending case will be “entertained or decided.” It is recommended that all real estate practitioners review this carefully when considering pending/new foreclosure matters.


* The NYSBA Delegate Meeting (virtual) will be held on June 27, 2020 and the RCBA delegates will have its presence noted in full force. We have always turned out for this event and you will be updated next week on the overall status of the Courts in particular the 5 boroughs given we will be moving into Phase 3 on July 6th.


* On July 8th at 2 pm there will be a free one hour course offered by the Surrogate’s Court Training via Skype for Business. Pre–registration is required, and the link is http://www.nycourts.gov/efile and then go to the NYSCEF TRAINING link to register. Note that this is not a CLE course.


* Congratulations to Anthony J. Lamberti, Esq. upon his induction as President of the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 24, 2020.


Phase 3 is right around the corner!

Respectfully Submitted,

Sheila T. McGinn, Esq.

President-RCBA