RULES FOR QUEENS SUPREME COURT CENTRALIZED MOTION PART
September 18, 2012: Administrative Judge Jeremy S. Weinstein recently announced the creation of a new Centralized Motion Part (CMP) in Queens County Civil Term. Any motions made on or after October 1st, 2012, must be made returnable in the afternoon at 2:15 p.m. before the Centralized Motion Part, Courtroom 25, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica New York 11435. See “Centralized Motion Part Rules”.
The court expects anywhere between 80 to 120 motions being returnable on the motion calendar on any given day. Per strict administrative rules, the courtroom will close at 4:30 p.m. The entire motion calendar will be called before 4:30 p.m. There will only be one calendar call, which will begin promptly at 2:15 p.m., Monday through Friday
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Substantive motions. The court will provide reasonable adjournments on substantive motions in order to ensure all motion papers are submitted. For instances where there is no opposition on a first time on motion, the court will adjourn the motion. However, all parties are encouraged to appear in order to avoid a situation where one party submits late papers unbeknownst to another party. Any party not present during the calendar call may result in the motion being marked submitted to the IAS Judge – whether or not all papers have been submitted. The court is encouraging all parties to appear in order to avoid such a situation.
Discovery motions. All parties are expected to resolve any discovery motions. Any discovery motion unable to be resolved per stipulation will be referred to one of the two referees for conferences. All parties are encouraged to consent to the referee deciding the discovery motion. If the parties decline to consent, the motion will be marked submitted and referred to the handling IAS judge. There will be two clerks and two referees in the new part on a daily basis.
Miscellaneous Notes: Motions may be made returnable on any day, Monday through Friday. Any motions against the City of New York or Transit Authority must be made returnable on Tuesday or Wednesday only. Preliminary Conference and Compliance Conference procedures will remain the same. Attorneys are now permitted to make a motion to strike the Notice of Trial without advanced permission from Judge Ritholtz. Referee Florio will be one of the court referees in the CMP part. There will no longer be a “Florio Conference” before any case moves to the TAP part, which means parties should move to strike to the Notice of Trial if any discovery remains outstanding.
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 The new rules do not apply to matrimonial cases, tax cases and other special matters.