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Administrative Orders

In response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, counsel for defendants detained at

three facilities have filed and continue to file applications for release in individual cases pending

in this District. A primary basis cited in each of these applications is the general risk of

contracting COVID-19 as a result of the defendant’s continued confinement, together with

additional information specific to the particular defendant and case. Defendants in cases pending

in this District are primarily detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center Brooklyn (MDC

Brooklyn) and the Metropolitan Correctional Center New York (MCC New York), both operated

by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), and the Queens Detention Facility (QDF), a private

facility operated by the GEO Group, Inc. under contract with the United States Marshals Service

(USMS) to house primarily pre-trial detainees.


This Administrative Order provides the Judges of this Court and the parties in these cases with current,

consistent, and accurate information to assess the common issue underlying these applications. Please see the Order for detailed information.


On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States issued a proclamation declaring a

National Emergency in response to the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (“COVID-19") pandemic

pursuant to the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. § 1601, et seq.). In addition, the Governor

of New York has banned mass gatherings in the state, encouraged persons in the state to remain

at home and to limit personal contact, and ordered the closure of non-essential businesses,

among other steps taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Chief Judge Mauskopf, acting pursuant to § 15002(b) of the CARES Act and the authority granted by

the Judicial Conference of the United States, has made the findings in the referenced Administrative Order,

effective for 90 days unless termininated sooner. This order will be reviewed if the emergency

persists longer than 90 days. Please read the full Administrative Order for details.


In all cases filed on or after March 18, 2020, and in which under ordinary circumstances the Court would, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c), appoint the United States Marshal or a deputy marshal to make service, any requirement that the Marshal accomplish service is suspended, and the time from March 18, 2020 through April 27, 2020 is, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m), excluded from the 90-day period to accomplish service.

Administrative Order 2020-10 suspends all petty offense proceedings in the Eastern District of New York until further order of the court.

Administrative Order 2020-09 implements electronic applications to the Bar of the Eastern District of New York and suspends the requirement for personal appearances by the applicant and the applicant's sponsor.

Administrative Order 2020-08 implements supplemental restrictions on those who may enter the courthouses ofthe Eastern District of New York depending on their role, reason for access, travel history and exposure or potential exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19. Please see the Order for detailed information.

In order to protect public health and the health of and safety of all applicants, Court personnel, and visitors to the Court, and reduce travel, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York is hereby suspending all naturalization proceedings within this District for a period of 45 days from the date of this Order, or until further order of the Court. Please see the Administrative Order for details.

An Administrative Order effective March 16, 2020, regarding the status of the courthouses in the District as well as the status of jury trials, deadlines, the rights of defendants under the Speedy Trial Act, effects on initial appearances, arraignments, detention, and bail review, and the status of offices within the District. Please read the order for specifics regarding duration of the order and its effects.

The Centers for Disease Control having advised people to take precautions in light of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) outbreak, and noting that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus, it is hereby ORDERED, effective immediately, that the following persons shall not enter any courthouse in the Eastern District of New York... (see the Administrative Order for details).