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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.
Statement from Chief Judge Janet DiFiore on behalf of the New York Court of Appeals
August 5, 2017
The Court of Appeals is saddened by the death of George Bundy Smith, who served with great distinction as an Associate Judge of the Court from 1992 to 2006. A freedom rider during the civil rights struggle of the 1960s, Judge Smith remained soft-spoken, self-effacing, and completely dedicated to fairness and justice for all people throughout his career. As then-Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye said of him in 2005, "George is a man of few words, but they are absolutely the right words." He leaves our nation a better place than he found it. We will miss him deeply.
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.
Notice to the Bar - Licensing of Legal Consultants (Part 521)

The Court has amended its Rules for the Licensing of Legal Consultants (Part 521). Under the newly amended rules, the Chief Administrator of the Court is authorized to implement procedures for the biennial registration and reporting of foreign legal consultants with the Office of Court Administration. This amendment will facilitate more meaningful public oversight of consultant conduct and will allow for periodic updates of contact and professional status information.

The rule amendments are effective July 12, 2017. A copy of the Court's order amending the rules can be found here: Full Notice to the Bar


Notice to the Bar - 2018 Calendar of Sessions

The Court of Appeals today releases its 2018 Calendar of Sessions. The schedule includes the appeal sessions as well as the Court's conference days, which are scheduled for June 26 and 27 and December 6 and 7. August 29 and 30 are special election appeals session days.

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Court of Appeals Hall Centennial
On January 8, 1917, the historic building at 20 Eagle Street was renamed “Court of Appeals Hall,” and the Court of Appeals heard oral argument for the first time in its new home.  In 2017, the Court celebrates this centennial anniversary by rededicating Court of Appeals Hall to the administration of justice.  A 1917-2017 Court of Appeals Hall Centennial Celebration brochure – including information on the building, courtroom, Judges, cases and counsel – is available here.  Highlighted in the brochure are prominent and historical cases argued or decided in 1917.  The briefs and records for some of the cases may be accessed here: Tauza v Susquehanna Coal. Co.; Wood v Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon; DeCicco v Schweizer; People v Sanger; and Matter of Fowles.


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