On April 18, 2020, the First Department Appellate Division indicated that it will hear cases virtually via Skype, unless there is a subsequent change, in a New York Law Journal article. It will commence “holding May and June special terms that will include oral arguments via Skype, and electronic calendaring of appeals and motions.” The First Department Appellate Division is responsible for hearing “criminal, civil, and Family Court appeals from both Manhattan and the Bronx.” 

The Court hears appeals and motions, but due to COVID-19, it has not done so since March 2020. The governor has extended the filing deadlines on some matters. Some of the functions the court will resume are “(1) calendaring appeals and motions, (2) scheduling pre-argument court conferences, (3) admitting attorneys to the state bar, and (4) processing attorney grievance complaints in the First Department.” The Court will have two special terms one in May and the second in June. The May term will be from May 4 to May 29, and the June term will be held from June 1 to June 26. The Court will hear cases on Wednesdays and Thursdays for the May term, which will start on May 6. However, May’s calendar is not available as yet. Once it is available, it can be found on the First Department Appellate Division website. Moreover, the court will not grant adjournments, and the virtual oral arguments can be viewed live on their website.

The Court will only accept certain filings electronically, provided it complies with the E-filing requirement, and not in person. The Committee on Character and Fitness is still reviewing applications for admission to the bar, and qualified candidates will have an electronic interview. If the candidate passes the interview and will be admitted, then the candidate will have an admission ceremony, which will also be held virtually. Further information regarding the First Department Appellate Division’s rules and procedures can be found on its website. 

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