Resources for Litigants
Virtual Court Appearances
IMPORTANT: To learn what you need to do to appear virtually for a court appearance, visit nycourts.gov/appear well in advance of your court date.
Please see the courts main page for further COVID updates and information.
Designated Court Locations & Contact Numbers by County
For essential or emergency court matters, you may contact court staff listed at the Designated Court Locations page. Please note that until further notice, the courts are considering only essential matters
per Second Administrative Order signed March 23, 2020.
VLSP Virtual Help Center
The Volunteer Legal Services Project (VLSP) of Monroe County provides free legal assistance for low-income residents of Monroe County, New York who are facing non-criminal legal problems. VLSP's services are provided by 1,600 pro bono volunteers who donate their time and talent to ensure that low-income people have access to the justice system when faced with serious legal problems.
Due to the temporary closure of the Help Centers located at the Monroe County Hall of Justice and at the Rochester Public Library, VLSP is now offering a Virtual Help Center. Using live chat and phone line capabilities, the Virtual Help Center will have pro bono attorneys and VLSP staff available to answer legal information questions, provide court documents online, and assist with electronic filing through the Electronic Document Delivery System (EDDS) and New York State Courts Electronic Filing (NYSCEF) for Family Court matters.
The Virtual Help Center will be open:
- Monday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon and Monday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m.
- Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon
- Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon and Friday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m.
VLSP Main Phone Line (585) 505-5551
CHIEF JUDGE, CHIEF ADMIN JUDGE, DEPUTY CHIEF ADMIN JUDGE - ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS
7th JUDICIAL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE – ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS
7th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OPERATIONS, PROTOCOLS
Hon. Craig J. Doran, District Administrative Judge
Justice Craig J. Doran is a New York State Supreme Court Justice. Prior to his election to the Supreme Court in 2015, Doran served as an Ontario County Court Judge, having been elected in 1999 and re-elected in 2009, where he presided over County Court (hearing criminal felony and civil cases), Family Court (hearing abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, PINS, custody and visitation issues, adoption, guardianship and a number of other “family-related” issues) and Supreme Court, where he presided over a variety of civil matters.
More about Judge Doran.
District Office: 585-371-3266
M Floor - Room 161
Hall of Justice
Rochester, NY 14614