New York Court Records

New York court records

New York court records are readily available online and can be useful to the public, lawyers and students alike. The ease of now finding something on the Internet versus tracking down individual documents in person is appealing to many who search court records for understanding a statute before filing a new case, educating the searcher on a legal matter that may be similar to their own circumstances, as well as to satisfy the curiosity of a genealogist looking for vital records.

New York, a densely populated state, has a unique judiciary structure to accommodate the heavy caseload of many people living in one area. Both civil and criminal courts are structured in a similar way with courts of original instance, intermediate appellate courts, Court of Appeals and Appellate divisions of the Supreme Court.

History of New York Court Records

In 1896 the New York State Constitution created four regional Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court. This is unique to the state as it ranks the Supreme Court as intermediate appellate courts and the Court of Appeals, established in 1847 as the court of last resort.

The Historical Society of the New York Courts have worked tirelessly to preserve the court records of their state by compiling records of the Court of Appeals from a period of 1847 to 1997. In addition to that, the organization hosts an online informative website on New York legal history.

New York Court Records Availability

In New York, you may make a request for a court record directly from the Clerk of the Court or the County Court that maintains the record. To conduct a search online for criminal or civil court records, you may search by index number, party name, attorney or legal firm, even by judge.

The legislative history made available through websites, law libraries and from Clerks of the Court allows the searcher to have a wide scope of judiciary information from each type of court.

Main Court Information

New York’s court structure is unique and expansive as there are a combined 4 million cases seen annually in the state’s 62 counties. The Courts of Original Instance are the lower courts of the state and include City Courts, Town Courts and Village Courts. Along the same infrastructure of the court system are Criminal, District and Civil Courts. To further break down the influx of caseload, there are additional courts at this same lower level, they are: County Courts, Supreme Courts, Surrogate’s Courts, Family Courts, and Courts of Claim.

The next highest jurisdictions of the structure of courts in New York are the Intermediate Appellate Courts. In Civil Court there are two of them, the Appellate Terms of the Supreme Court 1st and 2nd Departments and the County Courts. The Criminal Court structure is slightly different as it also includes the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court with the previously mentioned two.

And finally the last two courts of resort for the Civil Court structure of New York are the Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court, and the highest court, the Court of Appeals. For Criminal Court, the Court of Appeals is the last resort.

Caseload Statistics

In 2013 the highest court of the state of New York, the Court of Appeals had 1,923 filings and of those there were 1,633 dispositions issued. Statewide there is an average of over 4 million court cases in New York annually.

New York Court Structure

New York Court Statistics

New York Courts receive 3,642,250 filings per year. In 2012, the court received 3,962,433 filings and gave 3,718,292 dispositions. In 2016, the state court caseload counted 3,349,318 filings and had 3,265,526 outgoing cases.

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of New York at year end of 2016 has decreased by 11.9% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 647,475 with a rate of 3,308 cases per 100000 population, lower than it’s in 2016.

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than New York

There are no states with more Domestic Relations cases than New York

Less Domestic Relations Cases than New York:
State: Caseload:
Pennsylvania342,163
Texas397,468
California388,903
Virginia342,040
New Jersey247,042

State Civil Caseload & Clearance Rates

In the last 5 years the number of civil cases has decreased by 140,339 cases, it went from 1,561,240 to 1,420,901 with clearance rates of 92% and 97% accordingly.

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State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMonday, January 15, 2018
Lincoln's BirthdayMonday, February 12, 2018
President's DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor Day Monday, September 3, 2018
Columbus DayMonday, October 8, 2018
Election DayTuesday, November 6, 2018
Veterans Day (observed)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

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