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New Message from Chief Judge DiFiore - July 12, 2021

Video with Captions | Transcript of the Chief Judge's Message

Court of Appeals Operations
The Court of Appeals heard oral argument during its April-May 2021 Session in-person, with appropriate safety and health protocols.  The courtroom was closed to the general public.  Oral arguments were webcast live and made available through the Court’s website. 

The Court has returned to full in-courthouse staffing. Clerk’s Office personnel are available at Court of Appeals Hall for telephone inquiries during normal business hours. The Court continues to accept submissions by mail and, as permitted by its Rules, electronically. In-person filings are accepted at Court of Appeals Hall during normal business hours at the Eagle Street entrance. Courtroom tours for visitors will not be available until further notice. Please check this website for notices of any further changes to the Court's schedule or procedures.
 
 
Judge Madeline Singas and Judge Anthony Cannataro Join the Court of Appeals
On June 8, 2021, the New York State Senate confirmed Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nominations of Hon. Madeline Singas and Hon. Anthony Cannataro, and they took the oath of office as Associate Judges of the Court of Appeals.
 
Statement of Chief Judge Janet DiFiore on the Passing of Associate Judge Paul G. Feinman
With deep sadness, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announces the death of Associate Judge Paul G. Feinman. 
Chief Judge’s statement on his passing is available here.
 
Notice to the Bar: 2022 Calendar of Sessions
The Court of Appeals has released its 2022 Calendar of Sessions. The schedule includes the appeal sessions as well as the Court’s conference days, which are scheduled for June 9 and 10 and December 8. May 17 is a special primary election appeals session day.

Full notice to the Bar and Calendar of Sessions

Law Day 2021 - "The Rule of Law...Now"
 
Law Day 2021 - The Rule of Law...Now
 
2020 Annual Report
The Court of Appeals has released its 2020 Annual report. A copy of the Annual Report can be found here.
 
2021 State of Our Judiciary

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore delivered her fifth State of Our Judiciary (virtually) on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. The address, filmed at Court of Appeals Hall, focused on the operational and fiscal challenges facing the Court System amid the COVID pandemic, as well as the technological advances and other positive innovations spurred by the public health crisis.

The Chief Judge thanked the Court System’s judges and professional staff, as well as its partners in the bar, for their unwavering commitment to serving the needs of the public and upholding the rule of law in the face of unprecedented challenges this past year.




State of Our Judiciary
Address
 
Notice to the Bar – The Court has amended its Rules of Practice – Companion Submissions in Digital Format – Criminal Leave Applications
The Court has amended its Rules of Practice to require, for criminal leave applications, submissions in digital format as companions to the printed papers filed and served in accordance with the Court’s Rules of Practice. The amended Rules are effective December 30, 2020.  Any criminal leave applications filed on or after December 30, 2020 must comply with the amended Rules. A full copy of the notice to the bar, and relevant portions of the amended Rules, can be accessed here.
 
Bar Examination and Legal Education
Bar Examination and Legal Education updates posted since March 2020 can be accessed here.
 
Notice to the Bar – The Court has amended its Rules of Practice – Companion Submissions in Digital Format
The Court has amended its Rules of Practice to require, for motions and responses to Rule 500.10 jurisdictional inquiries, submissions in digital format as companions to the printed papers filed and served in accordance with the Court’s Rules of Practice. The Court has also amended its Rules of Practice to reduce the number of printed copies that must be filed for civil motions for leave to appeal, reargument motions, and papers in opposition to those motions. The amended Rules are effective May 27, 2020. Any responses to Rule 500.10 jurisdictional inquiries requested on or after May 27, 2020 and any motions returnable on or after June 1, 2020 must comply with the amended Rules. A full copy of the notice to the bar, and relevant portions of the proposed amended Rules, can be accessed here.
 
Excellence Initiative
On February 8, 2016, Chief Judge DiFiore announced the Excellence Initiative, a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of current processes and procedures to determine what is working well and what needs to be improved in the New York State Unified Court System. For more information on this initiative, including how comments may be submitted to the Chief Judge, please see Excellence Initiative.
 

 
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