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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.
Published opinions and orders
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Guide
View and download a handbook on small claims cases in City, Town and Village Courts.
New York State Adoption Records Search
View information on searching New York State adoption records, including Adoption Information Registry forms.
Traffic Ticket Points and Insurance Reduction
View information about the Point and Insurance Reduction Program, which allows some offenders to reduce points and insurance premimums by taking a classroom or online safe driving course.
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.
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.
View a directory of Women's Bar Association of New York members.
Forms and related information
8th Judicial District Landlord-Tenant Forms
View and download Landlord-Tenant forms for use in City, Town and Village Courts of the 8th Judicial District, which includes Allgany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties.
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.
Online fine payments
Plead or Pay Traffic Tickets Online
Pay your traffic ticket, or plead not guilty and schedule a hearing. The Department of Motor Vehicles provides this free online service only for Traffic Violations Bureau tickets, not for tickets that must be answered in a local court. The Traffic Violations Bureau only handles tickets in New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, and parts of Babylon, Brookhaven, Huntington, Islip, and Smithtown in Suffolk County.