Citations issued by the Nassau County Surrogate’s Court must once again be served pursuant to the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act (SCPA). During the height of COVID, many counties in New York State created exceptions to the traditional rule governing service of notice in Surrogate’s Court proceedings, known as citations. Under the SCPA, citations must be personally delivered to a party if the party is served in New York State. However, exceptions to personal, in hand service, were made to allow citations to be served in a safe manner. Most New York counties, Nassau now included, have rolled back their exceptions, yet another sign of the court system’s effort to return to normal operations.
The change applies to all citations issued in Nassau County Surrogate’s Court as of July 1, 2022. Surrogate Reilly’s order can be viewed HERE.