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Search Electronically Filed Case Records
Search electronically filed Supreme Court and Court of Claims case information by case identifier, party name, attorney name, or tax certiorari block and lot. Search can be narrowed by county and case type. Electronic filing is currently available for certain commercial, tort, and tax certiorari cases in participating counties, and in any case type in Broome and Erie Counties. Case information for The Court of Claims is currently available only for counties in the Albany District.
Criminal Case Records
Search criminal case records by case or summons number, defendant name, and county. Information is available for criminal courts in Bronx, Dutchess, Erie, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester counties.
Supreme Court Civil Case Information
Search for Supreme Court civil case information by index number, party name, attorney name, or justice name.
Electronic Case Record Tracking
Register for free e-mail notification of activity in cases you select to be tracked. Service is availble for Supreme Court civil cases in all counties, some local civil courts, and criminal cases in 13 counties.
Case Records Requests
View information on requesting case records from the court clerk, including fees for copies, inspection for free at the clerk's office, and trial transcripts.
Criminal History Records
View information about requesting criminal history records, including an application form, filing and pickup instructions, contacts, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
Criminal Court Calendars
Search criminal court calendars by court location, date, court part or judge's last name. Information is available for criminal courts in Bronx, Dutchess, Erie, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester counties.
Supreme Court Civil Calendar
Search Supreme Court civil calendar by county, part, justice, or date range.
Published opinions and orders
Supreme Court Civil Case Decisions
Search Supreme Court decisions in civil cases since 2001 by keyword.
Supreme Court Criminal Case Decisions
Search Supreme Court decisions in criminal cases since 2001 by keyword.
8th Judicial District Unreported Cases
View selected unreported opinions (not published in official report volumes) by case name from Supreme and Family Courts in the 8th Judicial District, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties.
Supreme Court Commercial Division Decisions
Search the Supreme Court Commercial Division Law Report summaries by keyword or by volume number and date. Summaries include a link to the text of the opinion. Only leading opinions are included.
New York State Trial Court Decisions
Search published New York State trial court opinions and motions by name, decision date, court, docket number, judge, citation, or keywords. Not all trial court decisions are published.
Supreme Court Civil Case Documents
Search statewide Supreme Court civil decisions and orders by index number and county; includes a link to Supreme Court civil and criminal decision search by keyword in selected counties.
Attorney General Legal Opinions
Search New York Attorney General legal opinions from 1995 to current.
Self help, legal research, general information
8thJudicial District Law Library
View information about the 8th Judicial District Supreme Court Law Library in Buffalo, including a description of the library's resources, access to the statewide law library catalog, and extensive links to online research resources.
8th Judicial District Supreme Court Commercial Division
View information about the Supreme Court Commercial Division in the 8th Judicial District (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties), including downloadable procedural instructions, rules, a certification formdecisions, case assignment standards, and answers to frequently asked questions.
8th Judicial District Alternative Dispute Resolution
View information about mediation and arbitration in civil and matrimonial matters in the 8th Judicial District (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties), including program descriptions and protocols, rosters of neutral mediators and arbitrators, forms, and contact information.
Erie County Supreme Court Expedited Matrimonial Part
View information about the Expedited Matrimonial Part of Erie County Supreme Court, which helps parties settle their matrimonial cases without trial.
8th Judicial District Integrated Domestic Violence Courts
View information and contacts for Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, parts of Supreme Court in which a single judge hears related criminal, family, and matrimonial cases, in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties.
8th Judicial District Court Help Center
View information about the 8th Judicial District Court Help Center, which provides free procedural information about courts in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties. Services include forms, explanation of procedures, access to computers, and links to additional online resources.
Erie County Clerk Court Information
View the Erie County Clerk's procedures for starting a civil action in Erie County Superior Court or Erie County Court, and for requesting criminal records.
Erie County District Attorney Criminal Case Procedures
View information about criminal procedure in Erie County Superior Court and Erie County Court, from the Erie County District Attorney's Office.
Erie County Child Support Enforcement
View information about child support enforcement in Erie County.
8th Judicial District Domestic Violence Courts
View information about criminal offenses between intimate partners in the 8th Judicial District.
8th Judicial District Veterans Courts
View information about Veterans Courts in the 8th Judicial District, which offer team-centered programs to address the needs of veterans involved in the criminal justice system as an alternative to criminal adjudications.
Legal information includes Family Law, Civil Law, Criminal Law and definitions of common legal terms. Links to local law libraries throughout New York State are included.
Legal Information and Legal Resources
Legal information is organized by topic and includes Housing, Landlord-Tenant, Family, Child Support, Juvenile, Consumer, Probate, Individual Rights, and other legal issues. Legal resources include information about the courts and community services.
Including disability and language accommodations, interpreters, and other court services.
Definitions of Common Legal Terms
A glossary of general legal and divorce terms.
Trial Court Rules
Court rules are organized by court type and title.
Office of Court Administration
Contact information and a description of the services provided by the office. A toll-free number for court-related questions is also available.
Traffic Ticket and Motor Vehicle Information
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles answers frequently asked questions about traffic tickets, including online fine payment, license suspension and other traffic law and motor vehicle issues.
Child Support Services
The New York State Division of Child Support Enforcement offers information and services relation to child support, including paternity establishment and enforcement of child support orders.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution provides a list of alternative dispute resolution court based programs, information about ADR, and links to private ADR organizations and other resources.
Guardianship and Fiduciary Information
View information for court-appointed guardians and other types of fiduciaries such as attorneys for incapacitated persons, guardians ad litem, receivers, and law guardians for children. Training resources, laws, forms, summaries of relevant cases, and a Guardian ad Litem Manual are included.
View and download publications and videos about a variety of legal topics, including alternative dispute resolution, courts, family law, housing issues, self-representation, and many others.
The New York Office of the Attorney General offers a downloadable publication about tenants' rights.
View a variety of resources for litigants in New York courts, including a Criminal Justice System Handbook, Landlord-Tenant Trial Guides, transcription and interpreting services, a Guide to Court Services, and more.
View information about court locations and contacts, how to find the right court for your type of case, what kinds of help are available at the court house, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Law Libraries Online Catalog
Search for resources in all trial court law libraries in New York State by title, author, subject, keyword, series, or library location.
View information about divorce and related issues in New York, including divorce mediation, forms, county-specific information, domestic violence, answers to frequently asked questions, and a link to a video about the divorce process.
New York Laws
Search and browse the laws of New York State: Consolidated Laws, Unconsolidated Laws, Court Acts, Senate and Assembly Rules, the Constitution of New York, and the New York City Charter and Administrative Code.
Orders of Protection
View information about Orders of Protection, which can help keep someone from harming you. Includes the difference between Supreme Court, Family Court, and criminal courts Orders of Protection, what you can do if someone violates an Order of Protection, and additional information about Domestic Violence.
Rural Legal Resources
The Rural Law Center provides self-help guides, forms, and samples geared toward low-income rural residents. Topics include going to court, service of court papers, small claims, family matters, housing, and mediation.
Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR)
View information about a procedure that allows property owners to challenge the assessment on their property without going to court. Includes an overview of the procedure and downloadable petitions.
New York State Adoption Records Search
View information on searching New York State adoption records, including Adoption Information Registry forms.
View information about foreclosure settlement conferences and other resources for homeowners facing foreclosure.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Erie County Lawyer Referral
Request a referral online to a lawyer from the Bar Association of Erie County. Referrals are free; there may be a fee for an initial consultation with a lawyer.
Neighborhood Legal Services
Contact Neighborhood Legal Services for free civil legal help for low-income residents of Erie County.
Erie County Assigned Counsel
View information about the Erie County Bar Association's Assigned Counsel Program, which provides criminal defense and Family Court services to low-income residents who cannot afford an attorney. Attorneys are assigned by the court.
Buffalo Legal Aid
View information about the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, which provides civil and criminal legal help for low-income residents of Erie County and the City of Buffalo.
Erie County Volunteer Lawyers
View information about the Erie County Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides free civil legal help to low-income residents who cannot be served by Neighborhood Legal Services.
Find Lawyer Referral Services
View a list of state and local bar association lawyer referral services by county.
Find Free Legal Assistance
View a directory of organizations offering free legal services to eligible clients, listed by name or service area.
Information about Attorneys
Including information about Client Rights and Responsibilities, the Attorney Grievance Committee and Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution.
The New York Office of the Attorney General offers information about consumer frauds including auto, computer, credit, foreclosure, identity theft, investing and more. Tips to avoid fraud, a consumer hotline, instructions for filing complaints and complaint forms are included. Links are in the right column.
New York State Bar Association Lawyer Referral
Request a lawyer referral by county from the New York State Bar Association. Referral is free; there may be a fee for an initial consultation with a lawyer.
New York State Public Defender List
View a list of all Public Defender offices by county, provided by the New York State Defenders Association.
New York State Attorney Search
Search for a lawyer in New York State by name.
Rural Law Center Legal Help
View contact information for the Rural Law Center, or complete and submit an online form, to request legal assistance for low-income rural residents.
Legal Services for Workers
View information about the Worker Justice Center of New York, which provides free employment law help for low-income workers.
View a directory of Women's Bar Association of New York members.
Forms and related information
Online Court Forms
View and download court forms arranged by topic, kind of case, and court. Topics include Family Law, Uncontested Divorce, and Civil. Kinds of cases include Orders of Protection, Paternity, Custody/Visitation, Guardianship, Support, Name Change, Estates, Probate, Consumer Debt, and Housing. Courts include Family Court, Surrogate's Court, Supreme Court, and NYC Civil Court. Links to additional forms are provided.
Online Forms and Filing Fee Information
View and download forms and view filing fees for various courts. Forms for statewide use include Family Court, Domestic Violence, Surrogate's Court, Matrimonial/Divorce, Criminal, Attorney-Client Fee Dispute, DWI Ignition Interlock, Name Change, Employment, Request for Judicial Intervention, Interview of Treating Physician, and Health Insurance. Some local court forms are included.
Do-It-Yourself Statewide Forms
Use an interactive computer program to fill out forms for use in various courts.
Domestic Violence Forms
View and download forms for use in domestic violence matters in courts issuing orders of protection.
Divorce and Matrimonial Forms
View and download forms and booklets for use in matrimonial and divorce matters, including divorce, general matrimonial, guardianship and child support. Multiple formats are available.