Courts returning to in-person operations in Finger Lakes

Judge Craig Doran says the second phase of reopening means that foot traffic will increase in local courts, as more normal operations resume.

This change will begin Wednesday in Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates counties.

“The goal of Phase II is to safely increase foot traffic in our courthouses in a gradual, measured manner so that the Court can address matters that require an in-person appearance while continuing to maximize virtual appearances,” Doran said. “All health and safety measures included in Phase I implemented to protect judges, litigants, lawyers and members of the public will continue and be enhanced during Phase II.”

The following matters will be included in new operations:

– Matters in need of immediate attention;
– Criminal, Juvenile Delinquency and Mental Hygiene Law Proceedings pertaining to hospitalized adults will be held virtually;
– Non-essential matters will continue to be held virtually and heard by an assigned judge;
– Alternative Dispute Resolution will be conducted virtually.

“In our courts, we will continue our measured return to ‘in-person’ operations – slowly and safely enhancing the opportunities for court users to personally access our courts,” Doran added.

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