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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 - Rules for Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (Part 520)

The Court has amended its Rules for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (Part 520, Rule 520.18).   Under the newly amended rules, the manner in which applicants for admission on examination establish their compliance with the Skills Competency Requirement for Admission via law school certification of credit acquisition (Pathway 2) has been altered. 

The rule amendments are effective May 22, 2019.  The full notice to the Bar can be accessed here.

 
Notice to the Bar - Amicus Curiae Participation
The Court invites amicus curiae participation from those qualified and interested on a pending appeal in Matter of Vega (Postmates Inc. – Commissioner of Labor).  The appeal, which involves unemployment insurance, 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.
 
2019 Law Day Celebration: Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, the Court of Appeals celebrated Law Day. Speakers included Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, New York State Attorney General Letitia James and New York State Bar Association President Michael Miller. The event was webcast and can be viewed here.

 
2018 Annual Report
The Court of Appeals has released its 2018 Annual Report. A copy of the Annual Report can be found here.
 
Notice to the Bar - State Reporter Appointed
Effective April 4, 2019, the Court of Appeals has appointed Cara J. Brousseau as the State Reporter.  A full copy of the notice to the bar can be accessed here.
 
Notice to the Bar - Primary Election Appeals
The Clerks' Offices of the Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division Departments release a joint scheduling announcement for dates reserved to consider appeals related to the June 25, 2019 state and local primary elections. The full schedule and notice to the bar can be accessed here.
 
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.

 

 
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