David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
Date: April 11, 2005
|Court System Boosts Online Access to
Criminal Case Information for Attorneys
New Program to Enable Lawyers
to Remotely Access Case Information
Anywhere, Anytime, from the Internet
NEW YORK - The New York State court system has increased online access to criminal case information, expanding the amount of information available and providing new avenues of access for members of the bar, such as computer terminals in courthouses and remote access via the Internet. The new initiative encompasses all criminal courts in New York City and Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the County Courts in the Ninth Judicial District (which include Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Dutchess Counties), the County Court in Erie County and the Buffalo City Court.
Under the new program, attorneys will be able to obtain extensive information about pending criminal cases upon application to the Office of Court Administration. Approved applicants will be given a user ID and password, enabling them to access detailed criminal case information from specialized computer terminals that have been newly installed in courthouses throughout the coverage area. Additionally, a test group of over 30 attorneys have been provided remote access so that they can obtain the same information via the Internet at any location, at any time. After an initial test period, the new program will be expanded to make remote access available to any attorney who desires it. There is no fee to participate in the program.
Furthermore, the court system has also enhanced public access to criminal case information. From http://nycourts.gov/ecourts, the public can obtain details about a pending criminal case, such as the next scheduled court appearance, arrest charges, attorney and prosecutor names, and motion information. A special feature on this site enables users tracking a specific case to be notified automatically via e-mail prior to the next scheduled court appearance.
Attorneys interested in applying for access to the criminal case information database can obtain an application at http://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/webcrim_attorney/Register.