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New York State Court Resources

Comprehensive and searchable collection of state court decisions and motions dating from 2000

The past and present of New York's high court along with recent decisions

Cases against the State of New York

Court information, rules and publications, featuring E-Courts case searching and tracking

Catalogs of court libraries, records & briefs, trial transcripts

Criminal charges to New York State juries and baseline colloquy scripts

A compilation of New York's existing evidentiary rules.


Forms for various state actions and proceedings


Rules of various state courts

New York State Agency Resources

Complete unofficial NYCRR

Fully searchable archive of NYCRR dating 1945 through 2001

Access to a variety of state government information including agency publications

Links to many state agencies

Home of Excelsior, an exhaustive catalog of state government documents


New York administrative rules from 2003

Local Laws adopted by the legislative body of a local government (county, city, town or village) are filed with the Department of State pursuant to section 27 of the Municipal Home Rule Law. The NY Department of State maintains an electronic database of local laws and county codes filed after 1998 and 2015, respectively.


Selected state agency opinions, decisions, codes and regulations

New York State Legislative Resources

Check bill text and status of current state bills

Senate information, current legislation, Senate Rules, NY Constitution

Browse or search New York laws courtesy of the State Legislature

Files, or “jackets,” dating from 1995-present, which document the Governor’s legislative decision-making process on bills that have been signed into law or vetoed by the executive

New York City and Other Local Sites

General information on NY City; links to city agencies. (read more)

Follow instruction to navigate to searchable Code and Charter.

Browse and seach the Rules of the City of New York on the website of the City's official rule publisher.

Searchable full text of NY City Local Laws, Introductions and Resolutions since 1998

Current NY City Zoning Resolution and Maps

Regulations covering a wide range of policies including student-related issues and employee issues

Database of notices published in the City Record newspaper which includes: public hearings and meetings, public auctions and sales, solicitations and awards and official rules proposed and adopted by NY City agencies.

Extensive collection of Municipal Codes


County Websites

City, Town and Village Websites

Ethics Resources

Advisory opinions issued by NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics

Advisory Opinions from 1988 to date


Browse or search the committee's ethical opinions


Policy positions of the American Medical Association

Federal Legal Resources

Federal bills, Congressional Record, treaties, committee reports

The Cornell Law School's convenient table organizes federal statutes alphabetically by popular name, with entries containing their Public Law number and relevant links



Easily track the status of federal legislation, find information about the activities of Congress generally and specific members, and more

Comprehensive listing of federal courts

US Commerce Department's access point for federal information; 20 searchable databases. (read more)

Includes Executive Orders, Presidential Memoranda, and Proclamations (January 2009-present)


US Constitution & Bill of Rights; Congressional Bills (House 1799-1873, Senate 1819-1873); Congressional Committee Reports (US Serial Set 1833-1917); Congressional Debates (1789-1877); documents from the Continental Congress & Constitutional Convention; US Treaties (1795-1945) and Other International Agreements (1950-1982)

Provides links to historical documents related to the development of the Constitution


Congressional testimony transcripts by Department of State officials appearing before Congress, Treaties in Force, and Texts of International Agreements (TIAS) to which the US is a party (1996-2015)

Information about many of the major laws administered and enforced by the US Department of Labor

Free access to the Department of Labor's Wirtz Labor Library, providing the general public with a wealth of labor resources

Learn how to conduct a preliminary patent search using a video tutorial.


Compilation of links to federal research guides, tables of information, and out-of-print sources.

International Legal Resources

A collaboration between Duke University School of Law and University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, this tutorial teaches research strategies and methodology for research print and electronic sources of international legal materials.

Comprehensive Legal Services

Free access to a range of federal and state resources and materials from other countries; also offers forms for purchase. (read more)

Free access to a range of federal and state resources.

Sign up for access to legal blogs, top cases and more.


Organizes free legal research websites, search engines and databases.

DRAGNET stands for "Database Retrieval Access using Google's New Electronic Technology," a specialized search engine that enables users to "drag the net" through a group of free law-related Web resources.

Full-service federal and state site with comprehensive Supreme Court collection. (read more)

Comprehensive site of national and state material; fine selection of Law Journals

Free video tutorials for conducting legal research, including Administrative Law, Legislative History and Treaty Research.

Guide to general legal research prepared by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Information service on environmental law that includes information on treaties, international soft-law and other non-binding policy and technical guidance documents, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature. Users have access to the full text of most of the information provided.

Links to freely-accessible online sources of law for the US and Canada.

Free access to over 400,000 law articles.

Free full-text online law review/journal search.

Database containing scholarly working papers and articles recently accepted for publication.

Miscellaneous Resources

Searchable phone directory of state employees (provided by the Office of Information Technology Services)


Official Directory of the City of New York

From the US Department of Health and Human Services

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