Court of Appeals

New York Court of Appeals

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.


In, the New York Court of Appeals’s decisions are available the day of their release to the general public. The Decision List for each date lists all appeals and motions decided that day. Any accompanying writings are listed separately underneath the Decision List for that day. Only contains decesions held the last year.

For older slip opinions no longer available on this site, check the Law Reporting Bureau’s site, which provide free access to a comprehensive collection of officially published New York State court decisions from January 1, 1956 to the present.

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