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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 the 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, Rules 520.10[c]). The amendment will allow the New York State Board of Law Examiners to accept fee payments by credit card. 

The rule amendment is effective September 18, 2019. 

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2020 Calendar of Sessions
The Court of Appeals today releases its 2020 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 18 and 19, and December 10 and 11. May 19 is a special election appeals session day.
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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.

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.


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