Concerns Raised About Changes to Uniform Rules for Supreme and County Courts: Recordings Available
Significant concerns were recently expressed by members of the New York State Bar Association about the 29 Commercial Division rules that were incorporated into the uniform rules for the Supreme Court and County Court as of Feb. 1, 2021. Changes include limiting interrogatories, limiting the number and duration of depositions, imposing additional requirements for the initiation of and opposition to motions for summary judgment, and electronic bookmarking of submitted papers. Past NYSBA President Vincent E. Doyle III prepared an analysis of changes to the rules.
Based upon the concerns expressed by members, the House of Delegates adopted a resolution urging a stay of the rules for one year and an opportunity for NYSBA to comment on the rules. NYSBA President Scott M. Karson reached out to the Office of Court Administration to request the stay.
Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks indicated that the Administrative Board would consider the association’s request for a pause in the enforcement of the new rules pending the outcome of a review and comment period. NYSBA provided four public forums on May 13 and 14, which are available to view below.
The Committee invites both members and non-members to submit written comments concerning the recent changes to the Uniform Rules. Comments may be sent to [email protected] by July 1, 2021