UTICA, N.Y. – Courts are allowed to resume in-person proceedings as part of Phase 2 of reopening, however, court officials say that’s only in emergency situations.
Judge Michael Dwyer says examples of emergencies that may require in-person appearances would be bail matters or orders of protection. Jury trials and suppression hearings are not part of Phase 2.
The 5th Judicial District, which covers courts in Herkimer and Oneida counties, says the goal is to gradually increase foot traffic at the courthouses, by only hearing “essential” matters in-person.
If proceedings can be held virtually, that is the preferred method at this time. That would include criminal, juvenile delinquency and mental hygiene law proceedings, as well as other non-essential matters.