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Since 1919, the Dutchess County Bar Association has worked to serve our membership and the community at large, promoting access to and understanding of the law.

The Dutchess County Bar Association has grown into a multi-faceted professional organization, serving attorneys from Dutchess County, the Hudson Valley, and beyond. Our diverse membership of approximately 500 attorneys has helped to make the DCBA a vital organization whose service to the community is a model for other Associations across the state.

Our Mission

“To improve the quality and accessibility of justice, promote respect for and understanding of the law, enhance professional growth, fulfillment, excellence, collegiality and diversity among its members, serve as a voice of the profession and to assist in the betterment of the life of the community."

Click here for the most recent Administrative Order, dated May 15, 2020. AO 99 2020 (002)

Click here for the Administrative Orders further expanding Virtual Court Operations from April 30, 2020 and May 4, 2020. Judge Marks Memorandum 4.30.20 (002) AO 88 20 050220 AO 87 20

Click here for the latest Administrative Order from the 9th Judicial District. THIRD AMENDED Administrative Order

Click here for the latest Administrative Order Expanding Virtual Court Operations, effective 4/13/2020, and information on procedures in the 9th JD. AO 85 20   Phase 1 NINTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT VIRTUAL CHAMBERS PROTOCOL (002) Virtual Chambers Contact Inforamtion For Attys And Agencies

Click here for the latest Executive Order relating to COVID-19. EO 202.14 Final

Click here for information on Ulster County Surrogate’s Court virtual operations. Ulster Surrogates Announcement

Click here for the latest Administrative Order and Court Information from the 3rd Judicial District. 7th Amended AO 3DJD 2020 57 10th AO April 3 2020 AO 3JD 20 52 Virtual Courtrooms

Click here for the Administrative Order regarding the move to virtual courts for essential matters in the 9th JD beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020. ADMIN. ORDER NINTH JD VIRTUAL COURTROOM PROTOCOL (002) NINTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT VIRTUAL COURTROOM PROCEDURES (002)

Click here to view the latest Administrative Order relating to COVID-19. Second Amd. AO Ninth JD (003)

Click here for Schedule A – Locations of Consolidated Courts – 9th JD Schedule A

Click here for Schedule B – Designated Courts and Judges – 9th JD Attachment B Designated Judges And Courts 9th Revised March 31Attachment B Designated Judges And Courts 9th Revised March 31


Procedures for processing 18B Vouchers:

Effective immediately, all vouchers should be forwarded to Thomas O’Neill, Esq. via email at for initial review in accordance with the recent directive from Judge Davidson. They will be immediately reviewed and forwarded with written approval to the Dutchess County Comptroller for payment. As a reminder to all Family Court 18B Counsel that you are allowed to submit partial vouchers in connection with still pending cases for immediate payment. For those wishing to take advantage of this opportunity, please mark your submission to clearly indicate it is a “partial submission”. Please be sure that no more than 5 cases can be submitted on any one voucher.

Attorney for the Child Vouchers should be submitted using the following procedure:

The AFC should scan and email their signed vouchers to the assigned judge and court attorney for approval.  The judge should review the voucher and, upon approval of the voucher, the judge will sign the voucher electronically, if available and forward it to the designated person, (chief clerk, court attorney, secretary, etc.) for submission to the Office of Attorneys for Children for processing and payment.

From the Dutchess County Clerk regarding E-Filing:

NYSCEF has been updated to reflect the Administrative Order expanding efiling to Emergency Orders, Mental Hygiene Cases etc. and limiting filing in al other cases. For more information please go to . We are also available by phone at the County clerk’s office. 845-486-2131.

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