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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.
2019 State of Our Judiciary
On February, 26, 2019, Chief Judge DiFiore issued the 2019 State of Our Judiciary address at Bronx County Supreme Court.  The webcast can 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 has released 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 20 and 21, and December 12 and 13.  August 28 and 29 are special election appeals session days. 

The 2019 calendar 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.



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