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March 26, 2020

Courts in New York halt hearings may effect Child Victims Act

  One of the country’s largest and busiest court system, in New York, has stopped filing and cases that aren’t essential. The New York court system said it will begin holding virtual hearings all in response to the COVID-19. Judge Lawrence Marks, the New York Chief Administrative Judge ordered county clerks across the state on Sunday to allow only filings that were essential which included criminal, child protection and housing cases that were urgent.  Saying “extraordinary times like these call for extraordinary measures,” Marks and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore also said New York City would start holding criminal and family […]
March 26, 2020

Will the window for Child Victims Act be extended another year due to COVID-19?

  The one year window which opened last August allows survivors of childhood sex abuse to come forward against their alleged perpetrators where they had previously been unable to do because of expiration of their statute of limitations.  Now, legislators are looking to extend the window for another 12 months to allow survivors to find attorneys and come to terms with their abusers as well as file cases. “This is an extraordinary time for New York state, and circumstances around the budget are unusual to say the least, but we cannot lose sight of the fact that adult survivors of […]
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