The New York Official Reports constitute the official and permanent record of the decisions and proceedings of the New York State Unified Court System. By statute — CPLR 5529 (e)— attorneys are required to cite all New York court decisions from the Official Reports in briefs, memoranda and papers submitted to the New York courts.
The Official Reports are professionally edited and prepared for publication by the New York State Law Reporting Bureau, which is the largest official reporter of court decisions in the United States, serving as it does the largest court system in the Nation. The Law Reporting Bureau is established by article 14 of the Judiciary Law and functions as an agency of the Court of Appeals.
The day-to-day operations of the Law Reporting Bureau are managed by the State Reporter. The current State Reporter is the 26th in a line of succession dating back to 1804. The State Reporter selects the staff of the Law Reporting Bureau — presently numbering 28 attorneys and support staff — subject to approval of the Court of Appeals, and all policy decisions are approved by the Court of Appeals.
The New York Official Reports constitute the largest official case law database in the United States, consisting of 803 volumes in the First Series and 605 volumes in the Second Series. A Third Series was introduced in 2004.
The Official Reports publish the decisions of the State Unified Court System in three separate series of bound volumes which correspond to the three levels of the court system:
Decisions from all three levels of courts are combined in weekly paperback Advance Sheets, issued 52 weeks a year. The Official Reports also are published in online and microfiche editions.