Communications Office:
David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
(212) 428-2500

Date: March 13, 2000

Seal of the Unified Court System
NY Courts Enter Cyberspace with Individual Case Information Now Available on the Internet
NEW YORK - For the first time ever, the New York state court system has made it possible to obtain information on individual court cases from the Internet. From a link on the court system's web site at the public can access the Future Court Appearance System to look up information on civil Supreme Court cases in 13 counties across the state. The Internet application, which was developed as part of the court system's Civil Justice Program, scans over 68 million records and over 400,000 active cases to find matches by plaintiff or defendant name, law firm or attorney, or index number and provides detailed case information, including the dates of future court appearances.

Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman said, "This innovation increases access to the courts by making obtaining case information as easy as a keystroke. Individuals can now look up details on specific cases from the convenience of their homes, and law firms can print up a schedule of all upcoming court appearances, as well as other important case information. Under the leadership of Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau and the head of technology Noel Adler, New York's courts have taken a momentous step into cyberspace. This new program promises great benefit to the public, the court system and the legal community, and plans are already underway to expand it statewide and to other courts."

The Future Court Appearance System was created by the court system's Division of Technology, with the assistance of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. It currently includes information on cases in Bronx, Dutchess, Erie, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. The system will be expanded in the near future to include civil Supreme Court case information in all 62 counties of the state.