The Four Departments of the Appellate Division: Their Histories

Created by the New York State Constitution of 1896, the four regional Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court are the intermediate appellate courts in the State, divided into four departments for the sake of judicial efficiency. They are the first level of appeal from the courts of original jurisdiction. To celebrate its centennial in 1996, each Department produced a commemorative book that documents its rich and distinctive court history.

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First Judicial Department, New York, New York / 1896-1996

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Second Judicial Department, Brooklyn, New York / 1896-1996

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Third Judicial Department, Albany, New York / 1896-1996

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Fourth Judicial Department, Rochester, New York / 1896-1996






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