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Upcoming Events

Court Navigator Program Training
October 2, 2015
RSVP required with resume (see flyer)

The Court Navigator Program trains college students and other approved volunteers to provide in-court assistance to tenants and owners who are parties to nonpayment proceedings and are appearing without an attorney in the Housing Court, Resolution Part. (Nonpayment proceedings are cases in which an owner/landlord sues a tenant to collect alleged overdue rent).

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On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 18th- August 20th, 2015, no Housing Court Attorney will be available at the Kings County Help Center. The Kings County Help Center will be closed on Thursday, August 20th from 5-7 p.m.

Until further notice, the New York County (Manhattan) Help Center will NOT have Thursday evening hours.

Information on the Small Claims Arbitrators Association Training

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Community Seminar Series

Community Seminars are free and open to the public. To suggest topics, please send email to

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In Conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Housing Court GAL Program will be offering GALs and Volunteer Attorneys the following free CLE Training:

Title: "Domestic Violence and Courtroom Advocacy"
Date: Thursday, October 15 Time: 2 – 5 PM
Location: 111 Centre Street, 12th floor boardroom
Speaker: Jennifer L. DeCarli, Esq., LMSW, Senior Director, Legal Services, Her Justice

This training seminar will provide an overview of the dynamics of domestic violence, New York State's family, criminal, immigration and housing laws relevant to domestic violence and resources available for victims of domestic violence. Specific laws that will be addressed include the following: New York's mandatory arrest statute, primary aggressor statute, orders of protection in Family and Criminal Court, the role of ACS in domestic violence cases, and the federal Violence Against Women Act protections afforded to clients with regard to housing and immigration. Participants will also learn how to effectively and sensitively ask about domestic violence and how to connect litigants to available social service resources in their community.

All interested GALs must RSVP with Nyiela at to attend the workshop.


Free CLE GAL Workshop: Nuts and Bolts of Non-primary Residence Holdovers
Date: Friday, November 6
Time: 2 – 3:30 PM
Location: 111 Centre Street, 12th floor boardroom
Speaker: Leah Goodridge, Housing Staff Attorney, Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center

Typically, a rent-stabilized tenant cannot maintain their apartment if they live elsewhere for a substantial amount of time. These situations can become complicated when, for example, an elderly person is admitted to a nursing home for an illness but seeks to return to his rent-stabilized apartment later. This workshop will cover "non-primary residence holdovers"—the common type of housing cases landlords commence to evict a tenant who does not live in his or her rent-stabilized apartment primarily. We will discuss: (i) what is a non-primary residence holdover?; (ii) what procedures must a landlord follow when commencing a non-primary residence holdover?; (iii) what factors does the Housing Court consider when hearing a non-primary residence holdover case?; (iv) what are important exceptions for rent-stabilized tenants who live elsewhere but seek to maintain their rent-stabilized apartment?

All interested GALs must RSVP with Nyiela at to attend the workshop.


CourtHelp, the court system's website for unrepresented litigants, has just undergone a major redesign which enables users to easily find the help they need when they are going to court without a lawyer. Visit the site at:

Five new interviews conducted in coordination with the 40th Anniversary of NYC Housing Court in 2013 have been posted on the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program's YouTube channel. Three Judges, Jaime R. Rios, Peter M. Wendt and Jerald R. Klein, and two former landlord-tenant practitioners, Kent Karlsson and Daniel Finkelstein, share their recollections about the formation, implementation and advancement of the Housing Court. These oral histories from the people who were there at the Court's inception provide a unique window to the past. Anyone who has had contact with the Housing Court over the past 40 years will find the never-before-seen footage extremely interesting. Also available on YouTube are videos of Judges Israel Rubin, Fern A. Fisher, Margaret Cammer and former court employee William Etheridge, which were previously posted. Watch for more videos coming soon in December.

Audio has been added to the NYC Civil Court's Tenant Affidavit to Restore to Calendar DIY Form program. Audio can be turned on and off by the user. The goal of the audio feature is to improve the DIY Forms' experience for unrepresented litigants with limited English proficiency and lower reading comprehension, as well as users who process information better from spoken rather than written words. The program is available through the Civil Court's Housing website, as well as CourtHelp.

A new video celebrating the 40th anniversary of Housing Court is posted on the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program's YouTube channel. This video was produced for the New York City's Housing Court's 40th anniversary. On March 11, 2013 the Association of the Housing Court Judges, The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at NYU, and the New York City Bar Association held a conference called "New York City's Housing Court at 40: Controversies, Challenges and Prospects for its Future". This video is a compilation of interviews of many people who were involved with the formation of Housing Court, its implementation and its advancement.

The Civil Court is now accepting electronic filing in No-Fault actions. To learn how to participate, contact Eddy Valdez at 646 386-5417 or email

The Civil Court has a new easy to use DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Form that will prepare a personalized individual adult name change petition ready to print and file in a New York City Civil courthouse.

Small Claims Court Action Center (SCCAC) - Connect with a trained, local volunteer counselor for free guidance and procedural information concerning the Small Claims Court. Student counselors - trained and supported by staff attorneys - from all across New York State offer information, assistance and consumer counseling free-of-charge. Each year, NYPIRG counselors help hundreds of New Yorkers understand their rights and navigate through the small claims courts - from filing claims to collecting judgments.

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Continuing Legal Education

The Housing Court's Volunteer Lawyers Program offers free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) certified training to attorneys who agree to volunteer in the Court's Help Centers by giving unrepresented litigants legal advice and information. Register now by submitting an on-line application and email us at

If you would like to receive an email announcement of the next training, please fill out the on-line application

Eight and a half hours of Free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit is offered for our "Fundamentals of Landlord-Tenant Law" training course, including a half hour of Ethics. This required course is taught by experts in their field. In exchange for the free CLE credit, attorneys commit to volunteering in the Housing Court's Help Centers for a minimum of twelve hours over the course of six months.

Thank you for your interest in the Housing Court Volunteer Lawyers Program!

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Guardian Ad Litem Program

The Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Program offers free training to attorneys and non-attorneys interested in becoming a Guardian Ad Litem in Housing Court. Participating attorneys are provided with free CLE credit for attending the two day GAL training (10 am- 2:15 pm each day), including one credit hour of ethics. This required course is taught by a panel of experts in the fields of legal and social work advocacy and landlord-tenant law.

In exchange for the credit, new GALs (attorneys and non attorneys alike) commit to taking on a minimum of 3 pro-bono appointments over the course of the first year following training. Pro-bono appointments are appointments involving a ward that is not an Adult Protective Services client.

To learn more about how to apply to become a GAL and participate in the next training, please go to Prospective Guardian Ad Litem Application Process. If you need additional information, send an email to

*Note: Attorneys admitted to the NY State bar for less than two years cannot receive CLE credit for watching video replays, but are welcome to participate in the GAL Program.

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Small Claims Arbitrators

The Association of Small Claims Arbitrators provides 2 free CLE credits to any attorney, admitted to practice over five years, who completes the training to serve as a small claims arbitrator. Once you have completed the training, which includes one or two evenings observing an experienced arbitrator, you will be sworn in and may choose where and how often you would like to sit throughout the year.

For more information, contact Joseph A. J. Gebbia, Executive Director of the Association of Small Claims Arbitrators, at 646-386-3975.

Register for all classes by contacting the Executive Director of the Association of Small Claims Arbitrators, Joseph A. J. Gebbia at:

There are no trainings scheduled at this time. Please check back again.














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