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The Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court, is composed of a Chief Judge and six Associate Judges, each appointed to a 14-year term. New York's highest appellate court was established to articulate statewide principles of law in the context of deciding particular lawsuits. The Court thus generally focuses on broad issues of law as distinguished from individual factual disputes. There is no jurisdictional limitation based upon the amount of money at stake in a case or the status or rank of the parties.
Notice to the Bar - Request for Public Comment

The Task Force on Experiential Learning and Admission to the Bar, chaired by Hon. Jenny Rivera, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, has issued a request for public comment on a proposed skills competency requirement for admission to practice in New York. 

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Court of Appeals Launches app

The Court of Appeals has launched an app, the Court's latest measure to utilize digital technology to provide information to the Bar and the public. The app, which is currently available in the Apple iTunes and Google Play Stores, provides users information from the Court's website in the convenience of an app.

Information includes Court news, the Court's calendar and decisions, practice tools and a virtual tour of Court of Appeals Hall. To obtain the app, go to either the Apple iTunes store or Google Play store to download the app to your mobile device.
Notice to the Bar - Clerk of the Court

John P. Asiello, formerly the Court's Deputy Clerk, was appointed Clerk of the Court, effective September 17, 2015, replacing Andrew Klein upon Mr. Klein's retirement.

Notice to the Bar - Video Orientation re Arguing at the Court of Appeals
The Court of Appeals has posted a brief video orientation for counsel regarding arguing at the Court of Appeals. The video is under 10 minutes and is designed for counsel that have not frequently argued at the Court. The video is located here: Video Orientation re Arguing at the Court of Appeals.
Notice to the Bar - Uniform Bar Examination

Upon recommendation of the Advisory Committee on the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), the Court of Appeals has amended sections 520.2, 520.7, 520.8, 520.9 and 520.12 of the Rules for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (22 NYCRR Part 520) to adopt the UBE, effective for the July 2016 administration of the New York State bar examination. Consistent with the Advisory Committee's recommendation, applicants who achieve a passing score on the UBE and seek admission in New York also will be required to complete two state-specific components: an online "New York Law Course" and a separate, online 50-question multiple choice exam, the "New York Law Exam." The Advisory Committee's report to the Court is available on the Committee's website here.

The Court also made a minor change to the Rules not related to the UBE. New language was added to section 520.16, pertaining to the 50-hour pro bono requirement for admission, to clarify the date after which eligible pro bono work must be performed.

A copy of the order amending the Court's Rules is below.

Questions related to the rule change may be directed to the Court's Office for Professional Matters at (518) 455-7760.

View Rules here
2014 New York State Court of Appeals Annual Report
The Court has released its 2014 Annual Report. It can be viewed on line here.


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