Administrative Order 270.20 - Changes to the New York State Uniform Rules

Pursuant to Administrative Order 270.20, New York State Chief Administrative Judge Larry Marks recently adopted certain rules of the Commercial Division into the Uniform Rules for the Supreme Courts and County Courts in New York State, effective February 1, 2021.

The most notable changes to the New York State Uniform Rules include the following:

- Interrogatories will be limited to 25, including subparts.

- The number of depositions by any party will be limited to 10.

- Depositions will be limited to 7 hours per deponent.

- Counsel appearing in Court must be familiar with the case, and be prepared and authorized to discuss and resolve the issues.

- Non-compliance with a discovery schedule may result in appropriate sanctions against the disobedient party.

- Conference adjournments will only be granted upon a showing of good cause.

- Parties may request to appear at conference by electronic means, and the Court is encouraged to grant such requests.

- Unless otherwise permitted by the court, affidavits, affirmations, briefs and memoranda of law in chief will be limited to 7,000 words each. Reply affidavits, affirmations, and memoranda will be limited to 4,200 words each.

- Staggered court appearances will be utilized to increase efficiency in the court system. Appearances for oral argument on a motion will be assigned either a set time or a time interval for the appearance.

- All parties are required to exchange e-mail addresses with each other at the commencement of a case, and each party is responsible for notifying all other parties by e-mail of an assigned appearance date and time.

Click here to see Administrative Order 270.20 providing for these additions and amendments.