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Brooklyn courts stay open despite the snow

January 4, 2018 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn’s Federal Court (pictured) stayed open until noon on Thursday while the other courthouses remained open for those who could make it in. Eagle photo by Mary Frost
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Despite the intensity of the “bomb cyclone,” the courthouses in Brooklyn stayed open on Thursday for the few people brave enough to make it to Downtown Brooklyn.

Both the Criminal Court and the Supreme Court were open, but many cases were canceled. The courthouses, acknowledging the difficulty people would have getting to Downtown Brooklyn, asked attorneys to contact the judge’s chambers for guidance if they had trouble making it in.

In the Criminal Court, arraignment parts were expected to stay open throughout the day and into the night. However, Criminal Court was not issuing warrants for non-appearance and instead will pick “Administrative Adjourn Dates” for cases.

All cases scheduled on Thursday for parts DV-1, DV-2, AP-6, DWI, Trial-1, TP-2, TP-3, TP-4,  TP-5 and AP-1F have been administratively adjourned until Friday, Feb. 2. Cases in AP-2, AP-5, APY-2, STEP and MBTC have been adjourned until Friday, Feb. 9.

Brooklyn’s federal courthouse was open early Thursday morning, but all naturalization ceremonies were cancelled and it did eventually close at 12 p.m. The Central Islip courthouse was closed all day.

For weather alerts from the Office of Court Administration regarding courthouse closures, anyone can sign up for text alerts by texting “follow nycourtsnotice” to 40404.


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