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The Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court, is composed of a Chief Judge and six Associate Judges, each appointed to a 14-year term. New York's highest appellate court was established to articulate statewide principles of law in the context of deciding particular lawsuits. The Court thus generally focuses on broad issues of law as distinguished from individual factual disputes. There is no jurisdictional limitation based upon the amount of money at stake in a case or the status or rank of the parties.
Excellence Initiative
On February 8, 2016, Chief Judge DiFiore announced the Excellence Initiative, a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of current processes and procedures to determine what is working well and what needs to be improved in the New York State Unified Court System. For more information on this initiative, including how comments may be submitted to the Chief Judge, please see Excellence Initiative.
Oral Argument in Ulster County

The Court will be hearing argument away from Court of Appeals Hall for a day of its upcoming November 2018 Session. On Thursday, November 15, 2018, the Court will hear argument at the Ulster County Courthouse, 285 Wall Street, Kingston, New York. Oral argument will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The Court of Appeals visit to the Ulster County Courthouse is one of a series of events planned to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the 1818 rebuilding of the Courthouse and its place in New York history. A live webcast of oral argument may be viewed here.

Notice to the Bar - Rules for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (Part 520) and Licensing of Legal Consultants (Part 521)

The Court has amended its Rules for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (Part 520, Rules 520.10[b][1] and 520.12) and its Rules for the Licensing of Legal Consultants (Part 521, Rule 521.2[c])

The rule amendments are effective July 11, 2018.  The full notice to the Bar can be accessed here.

Notice to the Bar - 2019 Calendar of Sessions

The Court of Appeals today releases its 2019 Calendar of Sessions.  The schedule set forth below includes the appeal sessions as well as the Court’s conference days, which are scheduled for June 25 and 26, and December 12 and 13.  August 28 and 29 are special election appeals session days. 

The full notice to the Bar can be accessed here.

Notice to the Bar – Amicus Curiae Participation

On June 7, 2018, the Court granted leave to appeal in Matter of Wegmans Food Markets v Tax Appeals Tribunal.  The appeal is proceeding in the normal course of full briefing and oral argument.  The Court invites amicus curiae participation from those qualified and interested.  Full notice to the bar here.

Notice to the Bar - Amendment of the Rules of Practice – Amicus Curiae Relief

The Court has amended its Rules of Practice relating to amicus curiae relief (Rule 500.23) to require that proposed amicus indicate if a party, a party's counsel, or any other person or entity contributed to the preparation or funding of an amicus brief. Rule 500.12 was also amended to specify that reply briefs by amicus curiae are not permitted.

The rule amendments are effective May 16, 2018. A copy of the Court's order amending the rules can be found here: Full Notice to the Bar

2017 Annual Report

The Court of Appeals has released its 2017 Annual Report.  A copy of the Annual Report can be found here.

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore's Second Annual "State of Our Judiciary" Address

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 11:30 a.m., Hon. Janet DiFiore presented her second annual State of Our Judiciary address as Chief Judge, reporting on the ongoing progress of her signature Excellence Initiative and announcing a range of reforms aimed at improving the quality of justice for the people of New York State.

A live webcast of the speech may be viewed here.


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