AD1 2.0 – First Department Operations During the Fall 2021 Terms

Updated 06/25/2021



Presiding Justice
Hon. Rolando T. Acosta

Clerk of the Court
Susanna Molina Rojas

Courthouse Rendering

27 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 340-0400

Hours of operation:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except public holidays



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

Hyperlinks in Briefs

Commencing with all appeals perfected for the September 2021 Term, the Court will accept, on a voluntary basis, briefs with hyperlinks to cited primary authorities (constitutions, case law, statutes, rules and regulations) available on Westlaw, Lexis, or state or federal government websites. Citations to secondary and other sources should not be hyperlinked. All citations (with or without hyperlinks) shall appear in standard citation form.


Oral Arguments

Commencing on April 21, 2021 and until further notice, oral arguments will be held in-person at the courthouse on Wednesdays, and remotely via Microsoft Teams on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and if necessary, on Fridays. For additional information, please click on the red link on the top of this webpage.


Oral Argument Survey

All attorneys and self-represented litigants are required to fill out a survey to specify a preference for in-person or remote oral argument. The survey should be filled out as soon as an appeal is perfected. The selection of a preference is a not a guarantee that oral argument will be granted. Go to Survey.


Question on US Citizenship and Immigration Status Removed From Bar Admission Application

The Presiding Justices of the four Departments of the Appellate Division issued a Joint Statement dated December 1, 2020, announcing the removal of the question regarding U.S. citizenship and immigration status from the Application for Admission to the Bar of the State of New York. The new bar application will be available on the Court’s website on December 31, 2020, the date on which the revision becomes effective.


Expansion of E-filing

Effective July 27, 2020, e-filing will be mandatory in all matters originating in Supreme Court, Criminal Term, Family Court, Surrogate's Court and Court of Claims. Full public notice.


Temporary Authorization Program

The Court of Appeals has amended its Rules, effective July 22, 2020, to establish a program by which eligible graduates of ABA-approved law schools may apply for temporary authorization to practice law. Full announcement and additional information.


First Department Lifts the Suspension of Filing Deadlines

By order entered May 8, 2020, The First Department rescinded the Court’s March 17, 2020 order which suspended filing deadlines as a result of the statewide health emergency.


AD1 2.0 Update: First-Ever Virtual Oral Arguments

On May 6, 2020, the First Department held its first-ever virtual oral arguments. Full public notice.


AD1 2.0 Update: First-Ever Virtual Admission Ceremonies

On April 27, 2020, the First Department held its first-ever virtual admission ceremonies. Full public notice.


Appellate Division, First Department Live Streaming

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Images and video recordings of the Court’s Justices on the Court’s website or otherwise may not be used to advance private interests or in furtherance of any commercial purpose (see Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Op. 2—158; see generally 22 NYCRR 100.2[C], 100.4[D][3]).


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