As the lights come back on in Manhattan below 34th Street, and subway service returns, I hope all of my readers and their loved ones were safe during the storm, and I wish you a swift return to normalcy.
The appellate courts were not immune from Hurricane Sandy. The Appellate Division, First Department, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit were closed this past week. The Appellate Division, Second Department, was open most of the week, as was the New York Court of Appeals, which handed down a number of decisions on Tuesday.
The Appellate Divisions for the First and Second Departments have issued orders relating to filing deadlines for briefs and other papers affected by the storm. The First Department order can be found on its home page here, and the Second Department order can be found on its home page here.
The Chief Judge of the Second Circuit has also issued an order relating to filing deadlines affected by the storm. The order can be found here.
As with all such matters, it is important to go to a court's website for the latest information.
Finally, Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order temporarily suspending and modifying statutory provisions establishing time limitations for such matters as the commencement of civil and criminal actions, and the time to take an appeal. The Governor's order can be found here.