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Administrative Orders


The Merit Selection Panel appointed in Administrative Order 2020-03 to recommend to the

Court individuals qualified to serve as a US Magistrate Judge to fill two current vacancies (in Brooklyn

and Central Islip, NY) and one upcoming vacancy (in Brooklyn, NY) has been appointed to

consider an additional upcoming vacancy in Brooklyn. In addition, given the current national health

emergency, and given the additional vacancy, the application period to apply for appointment for

these four positions is extended to May 29, 2020. Applications shall be submitted electronically

pursuant to the Public Notice attached hereto.


By July 14, 2020, the Merit Selection Panel shall recommend to the Court a total of

fifteen individuals whom it considers best qualified for these positions, ten individuals for the

vacancies in Brooklyn, and five individuals for the vacancy in Central Islip.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to mitigate the economic impact upon District Court Criminal Justice Act panel members and service providers , the Court allows until further notice the filing of interim vouchers for compensation in the manner outlined in this Administrative Order



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.