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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.
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

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



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