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Presiding Justice
Hon. Rolando T. Acosta

Clerk of the Court
Susanna Molina Rojas

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New York, NY 10010
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Created by the New York State Constitution of 1894, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department, is one of four intermediate appellate courts in the State, and holds jurisdiction over the Counties of New York and the Bronx. Appeals are taken to the Appellate Division, as a matter of right, in civil and criminal cases, from the Supreme Court, Surrogate’s Court, Family Court, and Court of Claims.

As a branch of the Supreme Court, the Appellate Division has broad powers to review questions of law and fact, and to make new findings of fact. It serves as the court of original jurisdiction in certain types of matters; other cases reach the Appellate Division after they have been reviewed by the Appellate Term, a lower appellate court. Since, with few exceptions, appeals to the Court of Appeals, the State’s highest court, are by permission only, the Appellate Division is the court of last resort in the majority of cases. Over 3,000 appeals, 6,000 motions, and 1,000 interim applications are determined each year.

In addition, the Appellate Division admits roughly 3,000 new attorneys to the Bar each year, disciplines practicing lawyers, and otherwise exercises its judicial authority in Manhattan and the Bronx.

Excellence Initiative

For information on the Excellence Initiative of Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, including how comments and suggestions may be submitted to the Chief Judge, please see Excellence Initiative

Public Notice Regarding Publication of Judicial Panels

Commencing on January 24, 2020, the Appellate Division, First Department will publish the composition of judicial panels on the Friday before oral arguments that are scheduled to take place the following week. After publication of the names of the Justices on each panel, adjournments will not be granted absent extraordinary circumstances.

Public Notice Regarding Oral Argument Sessions

Commencing with the January 2020 term (January 2, 2020), and until further notice, the Appellate Division, First Department will be reducing the number of oral argument sessions from three per week to two per week, except as otherwise indicated by the Court's calendar.

Public Notice Regarding Fraudulent Phone Calls

We have received reports of automated phone calls that appear to be coming from the Court’s phone number (212-340-0400). Please be advised that those calls are not legitimate, as they are not authorized by the Court. The Appellate Division, First Department does not make “robocalls” or use automated messages in outgoing phone calls.

For more information on scam emails and fraudulent phone calls, please visit here.

New Practice Rules of the Appellate Division

Effective September 17, 2018, the Court adopted the statewide Practice Rules of the Appellate Division ([22 NYCRR] part 1250) and a new Part 600 to supplement the statewide rules.

First Department to Expand E-Filing on January 1, 2020

The First Department is expanding the categories of appeals that will be subject to mandatory e-filing. On January 1, 2020, e-filing will be mandatory on appeals from:

  • all matters that were e-filed (mandatory or consensual) in Supreme Court, Bronx and New York Counties; and

  • contested matrimonial matters, Bronx and New York Counties.

For details and procedures, please visit the Court’s e-filing webpage.

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Oral Argument Archives

If you need a reasonable accommodation under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to access the archive of a particular argument, please contact Margaret Sowah, Deputy Clerk of the Court and the Court’s designated ADA liaison by email at or 212-360-4987.

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Portable Electronic Device Policy

The Court's policy statement regarding the use of Portable Electronic Devices is available here.