NYS Court of Appeals (The State's Highest Court): Its History

On September 7, 1847, the Court of Appeals judges first took the Bench of New York's highest court. The publications below will take an in-depth look at the Court's history...its constitutional underpinning, its judges, its leading decisions, and its courtrooms.


Making History Together: The New York State Court of Appeals in Albany's Tricentennial Year grew from the celebrations marking the 300th anniversary of Albany's Original Charter dated July 22, 1686. This publication is a transcript of the ceremony held in Court of Appeals Hall on November 15, 1986 celebrating the shared great history of the City and its Court, and the legacy left by the legal luminaries who populated that history.

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There Shall Be a Court of Appeals... is a 1997 commemorative publication marking the 150th anniversary of New York's highest court. It is rich in history and imagery. As then Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye commented in the Foreword, the publication examines "...the process, the places and the people that have distinguished the Court of Appeals throughout its life."

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