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Second Department to Allow Virtual Option for Oral Arguments

Starting on September 8, 2020 and continuing indefinitely, litigants eligible for oral argument in the Second Department will be given the option of arguing in person, via Microsoft Teams, or submitting.  Notice must be sent to the court and other litigants no later than three days prior to the date on which the matter is calendared.  If there is a divergence of opinion among litigants, the court will determine how oral argument will be heard or whether the matter will be marked submitted.  Members of the public are still not permitted to attend oral argument at the courthouse.

By Jeff Kinkle, Ph.D. and Stephen P. Younger