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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn has announced that Grand Jury selection has resumed.

The new normal in the courts, as they begin to reopen

Jun 5, 2020
Marian Hetherly / WBFO News

After two-and-a-half months, New York State courts are beginning to reopen, including those in Western New York. But just like every other place since the COVID-19 pandemic began, litigants are returning to a new normal.

In New York, no one can be evicted before Aug. 20. What happens on Aug. 20?

“You know what, I can’t tell you what’s going to happen two, three months down the road, but I can tell you, whatever happens, we will handle it at the time,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a briefing.

However, advocates for both renters and landlords predict eviction courts to be busy.

New courthouse procedures implemented for COVID-19

Mar 17, 2020

The New York State Unified Court System has postponed all non-essential functions until further notice to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Savvy Over 60: Paula Feroleto

Mar 6, 2019
Marian Hetherly / WBFO News

During the housing crisis a decade ago, an estimated one-third of civil filings in New York State Supreme Court were foreclosures. "It was huge numbers," remembers the Hon. Paula Feroleto, "so the court had to adapt how cases were treated." Today issues like the opioids crisis, jailing people with mental illness and Buffalo's influx of refugees are requiring new thinking. As Administrative Judge of the Eighth Judicial District, Feroleto's role is to supervise all 95 judges and 850 employees in Western New York's 22 courts while preserving justice for all.

A federal consumer watchdog agency has issued a new rule that will prevent credit card companies and banks from requiring customers to agree to settle disputes by arbitration rather than going to court.

In a statement released Monday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau explained:

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Every day, an increasing number of new Americans from nations, geographic areas, and language groups walk into the court buildings in downtown Buffalo and come to grips with the legal system. Often, they are from countries with no functioning legal system or one which they say can't be trusted.


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Increasingly, the people coming into our courts reflect the changing face of America and of Western New York. They include people from across the world, some of whom speak languages which don't even exist in a written form but are in our community and in our schools.