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Accelerated Adjudication and New Assignment Procedures Adopted for New York Commercial Division

July 9, 2014 download PDF

The Commercial Division Advisory Council was created in 2013 as a follow up to Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman's Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century. The Council's goal is to advise the Chief Judge on an ongoing basis about matters concerning the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of New York, to consider how the Commercial Division can better serve the needs of the business community and the changing economy, and to implement the recommendations of the Task Force's 2012 comprehensive report.   

This memorandum is the first in a series of client memoranda explaining changes to the rules that apply to cases in the New York Commercial Division.  This memorandum will address (a) a new rule offering parties in the Commercial Division accelerated adjudication procedures and (b) amendments limiting the amount of time that parties have to request that their litigation be assigned or transferred to the Commercial Division.  In the future, we will be issuing memoranda on additional pending or contemplated changes to the Commercial Division Rules, including changes to the discovery rules, new practices designed to encourage settlement, and modifications to the rules regarding court appearances and sanctions.

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