2013 Annual Report of the State Reporter


       1. Introduction. The New York State Law Reporting Bureau (LRB), established under article 14 of the Judiciary Law, edits and publishes all of the decisions of the Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division, as well as selected decisions of the lower courts. These decisions are published in the New York Official Reports, which include the New York Reports, the Appellate Division Reports and the Miscellaneous Reports. Motion decisions of the Appellate Division and Appellate Term and additional lower court opinions are published only online. The LRB operates under the direction of a State Reporter appointed by the Court of Appeals, with a designated Judge of the Court — currently Judge Eugene F. Pigott, Jr. — serving as the Court's liaison to the LRB. This is a report of the LRB's activities in 2013.

       2. Court-PASS. The Court of Appeals Public Access and Search System (Court-PASS) — designed and developed jointly by Court of Appeals staff and the LRB technology team — was unveiled in January. Court-PASS, accessible at https://www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/courtpass/, provides free access to Court of Appeals materials for cases, including records and briefs, pending on or filed after January 1, 2013. The Court-PASS database offers three retrieval methods: the docket, a browse function and a search function. Additionally, to safeguard Court-PASS data, the LRB configured and set up Court-PASS SQL transaction log shipping, a low cost process of automating the backup of Court-PASS databases on the production server and then restoring them onto a standby server.

       3. Publishing Activity. The LRB published in print and electronically 55,807 opinions, memoranda, abstracts and appellate motions in 2013 — an increase of .8% from 2012 — all of which are publicly accessible on the LRB's website.

       A. Print publication. During 2013, the LRB prepared for publication two volumes of the New York Reports, 3d Series; 11 volumes of the Appellate Division Reports, 3d Series; and four volumes of the Miscellaneous Reports, 3d Series, for a total of 17 bound volumes, as planned. Two soft-cover interim volumes of the New York Reports, 3d Series, also were published.

      In addition, 52 weekly advance sheets and six bi-monthly Cumulative Tables and Index pamphlets were issued. These advance sheets contained 11,752 full opinions, memorandum decisions, and abstracts of opinions not published in print; 19,850 pages of opinions, memoranda and abstracts; and 13,308 headnotes, allocated as follows:

Report
# Opinions/
Memoranda
# Opinions/
Memoranda Pages
# Headnotes
NY3d 130 Opinions
86 Mems
1,433 Opinion
602 Mem
272 Opinion
101 Mem
AD3d 318 Opinions
8,466 Mems
2,409 Opinion
11,173 Mem
592 Opinion
9,138 Mem
Misc 3d 470 Opinions
2,282 Abstracts
3,983 Opinion
250 Abstract
923 Opinion
2,282 Abstract

      Compared to the prior year, the number of opinions, memoranda and abstracts decreased 8.7%; pages decreased 5.5%; and the number of headnotes increased 1.5%.

     B. Electronic publication. All decisions published in print also are published electronically. In addition, the LRB publishes the following decisions only electronically:

      4. Selection of lower court opinions. During 2013, a total of 7,475 Appellate Term and trial court opinions were submitted for publication consideration, an increase of 11.8% compared to 2012. Two hundred thirty-four opinions published on websites or in legal newspapers, or otherwise brought to our attention, were solicited from the authoring judges for publication.

      Of the opinions submitted, the LRB accepted 473 for publication in the Miscellaneous Reports and 6,713 for online publication, for a total of 7,186 acceptances, an increase of approximately 12.5% compared to 2012. The overall acceptance rate is 96%, an increase of 1% from the prior year.

     5. Website usage. Usage of the LRB website grew again in 2013. A total of 867,313 separate visitors accessed the site, making 2,882,051 visits and 99,087,440 requests for information. Compared to the prior year, visitors increased by 41.6%; visits increased by 13.3%; and requests increased by 26.5%.

     6. Style Manual.

      7. Product development. The LRB continued to enhance its online services and website in 2013.

      8. Personnel. The LRB staff numbered 27 at the close of 2013, the same as 2012.

      Wesley Chest was promoted to the position of Senior Computer Systems Programmer, effective May 23, 2013.

      9. Facilities.

      10. Equipment. The LRB acquired the following new equipment to replace obsolete/outdated assets:

      11. Editorial and office technology. The LRB continued to employ computer solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of office and editorial functions. Projects completed or introduced in 2013 include:

      12. Continuing Legal Education (CLE). The LRB presented and attended the following CLE programs in 2013.

      13. Professional and Volunteer activities. LRB staff members participated in various professional activities, community events and charitable causes.

      Professional activities:

      Volunteer activities:

      14. Visits and visitors. Among visits made in 2013:

      15.Organization. Of significance in 2013: