LII Collection: New York Court of Appeals
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of building blocks for authors]
While in most states the highest court is called the Supreme Court, New
York's highest court is its Court of Appeals.
The statutory provisions governing the court's jurisdiction and procedure
are found in Article
56 of the New York Civil Practice Law & Rules. Seven judges sit
on the Court. For biographical information on and pictures of the current
members of the Court click
The Court's address is: 20
Eagle St., Albany, NY 12207-1095. Phone: (518) 455-7700.
Extent and currency:
The LII offers full text of all New York Court of Appeals decisions since
1990. The LIIBULLETIN-NY
is a related collection of student-written casenotes on important decisions
of the court which was initiated two years ago.
Decisions of the court are available within a week of their being handed
down, or sooner. We deviate from this somewhat during the summer months.
Digital text retrieved from the Court's BBS and archived with interim citations
by J. Richardson Lippert, II, of
Direct (pinpoint) linking to particular decisions:
URLS are based on the NY2d cite for the case, eg.
Cases handed down during the current term (and therefore lacking cites
to the official reporter) follow a system of interim cites which we assign
based on the order in which the cases are received. There are two
ways in which you might discover the URL. The first is simply to
search the collection
for the title. The second is to check and see if there is an LIIBULLETIN-NY
commentary on the case; if there is, it will contain a link to the
full text of the decision.
URLs based on interim cites are changed to the official cites each summer.
We are currently (June 1997) planning to add an engine which will allow
the two to interoperate.
of search form:
or metadata you can search or otherwise use:
The MUSCAT search engine we use does not use fielded data, except for weighting
purposes (it assigns greater weight to data inside tags). We do not currently
add any metadata to decision headers, but by Fall 1997 plan to include
party names, citations where applicable, dates of decision, lawyers appearing,
and names of opinion authors.
Full text of the New York Court of Appeals decisions can be searched by
appending your search terms to the URL
For example, a captive
search for divorce decisions might look like
here for divorce decisions</A>
for child custody might be
custody decisions are here</A>
Note that multiple terms are separated by plus signs. More
help on captive searches is available on this site.
Interesting uses of this collection:
LIIBULLETIN-NY is a casenoting project in which students prepare detailed
analyses of Court of Appeals decisions within a week of their release by
the court; the analyses are then distributed to a large group of subscribers
(more, as of this writing, than subscribe to any one of our print journals)
via e-mail. The framework for the bulletin could be applied to the
work of other courts, or to a topically-focussed (eg. copyright or admiralty)
selection from the decisions of multiple courts.
part of a course in Policy Making in Natural Resource Agencies at UC Davis
Professor Geoffrey Wandesford-Smith describes one part of his course as
"an exploration of judicial review, which will take students into the library
and onto the network in search of legal resources, like those indexed at
Cornell's Legal Information Institute. Analytical considerations having
to do with internal controls on agencies that arise from management practices,
bureaucratic culture, and professional norms will be woven through all
four of the projects.
a resource for the welding and steel fabrication industry.
This site is a little short on explanation, but they apparently feel that
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. is a must-read for welders and steel fabricators.
Interestingly, we found this one worthy of commentary
for other reasons entirely.
Conditions for use:
Copyright in the underlying marked up html files which implement the hypertext
features of these World Wide Web
tables of decisions is held by Cornell University. Distribution of
this version on the Internet, does not constitute consent to any use of
the underlying hypertext markup for commercial redistribution either via
the Internet or using some other form of hypertext distribution.