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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.
Notice to the Bar - Primary Election Appeals
The Clerks’ Offices of the Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division Departments have released a joint scheduling announcement regarding dates to consider appeals related to the September 13, 2018 primary elections.  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 to Deliver Her 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.

Notice to the Bar - Skills Competency Requirement for Admission (Rule 520.18)

The Court has amended its Rule for the Skills Competency Requirement for Admission (Rule 520.18) to correct a citation error and to clarify the timing requirements for LL.M. students seeking to satisfy this admission requirement with an apprenticeship.

The rule amendments are effective January 24, 2018. A copy of the Court's order amending the rules can be found here: Full Notice to the Bar



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