BRONX COUNTY SUPREME COURT
851 GRAND CONCOURSE
BRONX, NEW YORK 10451
HON. ELLEN GESMER HON. IRA R. GLOBERMAN
Kristin Bebelaar, Esq. . . . . . . Court Attorney . . . . . . . . Joan Levenson, Esq.
Olympia Gray . . . . . . . . . . . . Court Clerk . . . . . . . . . . . TaSheka Thomas
Room 622. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtroom . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 621
718-618-1236 . . . . . . . . . . . Courtroom Tel . . .. . . . . . 718-618-1254
718-618-1414 . . . . . . . . . . . Chambers Tel . . . . . . . . . . 718-618-1416
718-618-3559. . . . . . . . . . . Chambers Fax . . . . . . . . . . 212-457-2685
APPEARANCES AND ADJOURNMENTS
A. Unless excused by the Court, all parties must appear at each call of the case. Parties are not to bring children to Court unless specifically directed to do so.
B. Counsel who appear must be prepared and authorized to discuss and resolve all issues.
C. The failure to make a timely appearance may result in the granting of a decision on default, an award of counsel fees to the adversary present in Court or the imposition of other sanctions.
D. Adjournments may only be granted by the Court. An adjournment may be sought either by placing a conference call with opposing counsel, including the attorney for the child, to the Court’s chambers or, with authorization from opposing counsel, including the attorney for the child, by a single party call to chambers. Counsel should be prepared to advise the Court of the case status and the reason the adjournment is being sought. If an adjournment is granted, counsel must, at least one day prior to the scheduled appearance date, fax or email to chambers or file in the courtroom a stipulation of adjournment, executed by all counsel, containing the case caption with index number, the old and new dates, and the reason for the adjournment.
E. Immediately upon learning of a conflict that may prevent an appearance in the matrimonial part, counsel must notify the adversaries and must promptly seek an adjournment in the manner set forth above. Failure to do so in a timely fashion may result in the imposition of attorney’s fees or other sanction.
F. Where, for some extenuating reason, an adjournment has not been obtained in advance, an affidavit of actual engagement complying with Part 125 of the Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge must be filed on the date of the scheduled appearance. The affidavit of actual engagement must set forth all efforts made to secure an adjournment of the date.
CHANGE OR WITHDRAWAL OF ATTORNEYS
A. A party’s attorney may be replaced by new counsel by executing a consent to change attorney form which must be served and filed.
B. An attorney may not be replaced by a party pro se by means of a consent to change attorney form. Where such action is contemplated, the attorney must seek leave of the Court to withdraw from the action pursuant to CPLR § 321(2). The application must be made by Order to Show Cause or by application in open Court at an appearance where all counsel and parties are present.
A. All applications for relief, except cross-motions, must be made by Order to Show Cause unless otherwise directed by the Court. All applications for ex parte relief must comply with § 202.7 of the Uniform Civil Rules for the Supreme and County Courts. To reduce the need for motion practice, counsel are encouraged to contact the Court by conference call prior to filing a motion.
Applications for Child Support or Spousal Support will not be accepted unless accompanied by a completed New York State Case Registry Filing Form.
B. All applications, affidavits and exhibits that are not tabbed will be rejected.
C. Counsel and the parties must appear on the return date for all Orders to Show Cause unless otherwise directed by the Court.
D. A courtesy copy of any responsive papers due before the return date of a motion must be filed in the courtroom or with chambers.
E. A completed child support standards act worksheet must be submitted with all applications seeking or opposing child support. On the return date of an Order to Show Cause seeking child support, a party appearing to oppose it must submit a current child support standards act worksheet and current Statement of Net Worth, whether or not any other responsive papers are then due.
F. After argument has been heard, sur-replies, letters, and other responses addressed to the substance of motions will not be considered unless first authorized by the Court.
G. Allegations of fact submitted to the Court, including allegations contained in an affidavit or the complaint, must be certified by counsel in the form prescribed by the Chief Administrative Judge.
H. All applications to consolidate Family Court actions must include a copy of the petition and any currently effective orders.
I. Copies of decisions and orders will be mailed, emailed or faxed to counsel and self-represented litigants.
J. Counsel and parties may not communicate with the Court by letter, email or fax without prior approval by the Court. Any documents mailed, faxed or emailed without approval will be ignored.
K. Correspondence between counsel is not to be copied to chambers.
ORDERS OF PROTECTION
Applications for Orders of Protection will be heard on the day of submission or on the next day the Court is in session. The party seeking the order and counsel, if any, must be available to appear when the matter is presented to the Court. Applications for Orders of Protection will not be accepted unless accompanied by a completed Family Protection Registry Information Sheet and Family Protection Registry Information Sheet Addendum forms.
Counsel’s attention is called to § 202.16(f) of the Uniform Rules For the New York State Trial Courts with respect to documents that must be produced at the Preliminary Conference. Failure to file the Statement of Net Worth, including all required attachments, will subject a party and/or counsel to sanctions, including the imposition of attorney’s fees.
SUBMISSION OF PROPOSED NEUTRALS
The following procedure is to be strictly followed when complying with a direction to submit proposed neutrals to the Court:
A. Use a blank piece of paper instead of law firm letterhead so that submissions can be kept anonymous.
B. Include the caption of the case and index number.
C. State the subject of the expert’s testimony.
D. Submit up to three names of experts for each subject, together with their telephone
numbers and their addresses, and enclose a resume, if available, or a statement of prior experience.
E. Include the proposed neutral’s required retainer, hourly rate, and total projected cost.
F. Send a copy of the submission to the judge, opposing counsel and, where appropriate, the attorney for the child, and write the words “cc: opposing counsel/attorney for the child”on the submission to the Court.
G. For submission to the judge, use an envelope that has no return address. Do not write “personal and confidential” on the envelope.
H. After the submission date, the Court will appoint a neutral from the names then submitted, or, if none are suitable, the Court will appoint one of its own choosing.
Counsel are directed to bring to the Court’s attention by conference call or Order to Show Cause any failure to comply with discovery orders prior to the compliance date. The failure to do so may result in the forfeiting of the right to discovery.
The Court will issue a pre-trial conference order in advance of the pre-trial conference date. Full compliance with the pre-trial conference order is required. In particular, all exhibits to be introduced on each party’s affirmative case should be pre-marked.
A. Adjournments of trial dates will very rarely be granted. Unless an adjournment has been granted, failure to proceed to trial as scheduled may result in relief being granted on default or dismissal of the action.
B. Counsel shall notify chambers immediately if the action is resolved prior to the trial date.
C. Trial summations, which must include post-trial proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, are to be made by written submission with copies on computer disk or Word Perfect formatted email attachment. Counsel should also submit child support worksheets if child support is requested.
SANCTIONS AND/OR COSTS MAY BE IMPOSED FOR FAILURE
TO COMPLY WITH THESE RULES.
(Promulgated March 2008)