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Civil Term


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Hon. Jeremy S. Weinstein


Court System Holiday Schedule


Columbus Day Mon October 9
Election Day Tue November 7
Veterans Day Fri November 10
Thanksgiving Day Thu November 23
Christmas Day Mon December 25

What's New

New Trial Scheduling Part Rules for Summary Jury Trials

Please be advised that all Tax Certiorari matters previously assigned to Part 37 are now assigned to Judge Risi, Part 3. Please review the part rules for Part 3

* There will be no foreclosure auctions on Friday, November 24, 2017.

Divorce Post Judgment Applications - effective 8/1/17

Divorce Actions -Written Submissions - effective 7/1/17


2017 Updates  to Summary Jury Trial procedures take effect April 20, 2017

- SJT Rules and Procedures -2017

- SJT Stip and Order -2017

Commercial Division Motions - Effective April 3, 2017

2017 Centralized Motion Part Rules - Effective Immediately

CMP Closure - November 24th, 2017

“Mandatory E-Filing of Commercial Matters”

The mandatory E-filing of all matters marked as ‘Commercial‘ on a Request for Judicial Intervention will take effect on July 13, 2016. An e-filing training session will be held at the Queens County Bar Association on July 12, 2016 at 1 p.m.

Rules in Effect commencing
Nov. 2, 2015 for CMP

Administrative Order, Preliminary Conferences

Court Help Form And Links

Centralized Motion Part Notice

Special Notices - This will have special filing procedures, temporary changes in Justices' schedules, and other important information.

More Site Updates


Court Calendars

General Info

The Civil Term is composed of specialized departments that help the court run smoothly. Below is a list of those departments and their functions:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) - Mediation is a confidential and informal process where opposing parties meet with a trained, neutral third party to identify issues and explore options that both parties agree on. ADR can be used in a number of departments. For example, the Commercial Division promotes the use of ADR in commercial cases to avoid prolonged litigation. The Matrimonial Mediation Pilot Program links divorcing couples with trained mediators to help them reach agreements on parenting and economic matters.
  • Civil Commitments / Mental Hygiene - This department handles cases involving mentally ill persons - hospitalized or not - who need court orders to facilitate treatment and/or retention at or release from a mental health facility among other actions.
  • Commercial Division - The Commercial Division helps solve complicated commercial disputes.
  • Court Help - This office provides free comprehensive procedural advice on Supreme Court matters, such as Special Proceedings (i.e., Article 78), Matrimonial/Family proceedings, Foreclosure and other Real Property/Housing and many other proceedings to unrepresented litigants. This link on the court's website - - provides litigants with additional information.
  • E-File - The New York State Unified Court System has established “NYSCEF,” a program that permits the filing of legal papers by electronic means with the County Clerk and the court as well as electronic service of papers in those cases.
  • Ex-Parte - This office accepts all emergency applications where it is important for the party to see a judge immediately and it also processes ex-parte applications (an application where only one side is heard). Most emergency applications are brought by an order to show cause (a motion where the judge sets the return date, usually on an expedited basis). This office also handles emergency applications concerning foreclosure issues.
  • Foreclosure - New legislation requires residential foreclosure conferences for nearly all foreclosures in New York State. Those conferences are scheduled here.
  • Guardianship - Handles elder law matters that come under the Mental Hygiene Law, which was created to help those who can no longer help themselves.
  • Matrimonial (Divorce) - Handles all divorces, including all emergency applications involving divorce.
  • Motion Support - Processes notices of motions, notices of petitions, requests for preliminary conferences and proposed orders and judgments as a result of a memorandum issued through motion practice.back to top