New York’s statutes of limitations have been paused through an executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo as legal operations slow in a state now at the epicenter of the nation’s coronavirus pandemic.
The third-term governor on Friday signed an executive order suspending “any specific time limit” on the start or filing of any legal action notice, motion or “other process or proceeding.”
The wide-ranging executive order suspending the statute of limitations applies, but is not limited to, criminal procedure law, civil practice law and the court of claims act. The order pausing those rules goes through April 19.
That same order made official sweeping mandatory lockdown rules that ordered all New York workers from “nonessential” companies to stay home, one of many restrictions nationwide that have upended daily American life.
Essential businesses were exempt from the rule, but law firms were not explicitly listed under that category.