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Online Court Resources
Resources for the for the Erie County Family Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Erie County, New York, and resources applicable to all courts in New York.
Searching Case Records
Family Court Case Information
Search New York State Family Court case information by file number, case docket number, attorney, or law firm.
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.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
Family Court Calendar
Search New York State Family Court calendars by county, court location and date; calendars are displayed by judge and part.
Published opinions and orders
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.
Attorney General Legal Opinions
Search New York Attorney General legal opinions from 1995 to current.
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.
Forms and related information
Family Court Forms
View and download forms for use in Family Court, including general court forms and forms organized by case type such as adoption, child protection, child support, custody and visitation, guardianship, juvenile delinquency, paternity, and other types of cases.
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.
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.
Domestic Violence Forms
View and download forms for use in domestic violence matters in courts issuing orders of protection.
Use an interactive computer program to fill out forms for use in various courts. Forms are organized by case type, program/form name, and court.
Self help, legal research, general information
Erie County Child Support Enforcement
View information about child support enforcement in Erie County.
8th Judicial District Drug and Family Treatment Courts
View contact information for Drug Treatment Courts and Family Treatment Courts in the 8th Judicial Districe, including County, Family, and City Courts in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties.
8th Judicial District Domestic Violence Courts
View information about criminal offenses between intimate partners in the 8th Judicial District.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Law Library Information
View locations of county law libraries, library services including an online catalog of trial court law libraries, glossaries of legal terms, and links to additional online resources.
Including disability and language accommodations, interpreters, and other court services.
Definitions of Common Legal Terms
A glossary of general legal and divorce terms.
View information about going to court, the court system, how to get help, how to find the correct court, information about various legal topics, a court locator, a glossary of legal terms, a link to forms, and locations of local help centers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New York State Adoption Records Search
View information on searching New York State adoption records, including Adoption Information Registry forms.
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.
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.
Traffic Ticket and Motor Vehicle Information
View information from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles about driver licensing, registration, insurance, and driving records. Click "TICKETS, POINTS & PENALTIES" near the middle of the menu bar for detailed information about traffic tickets, including online fine payment and pleas, points, penalties, license suspensions, parking tickets, and the Point and Insurance Reduction Program that allows some offenders to reduce points and insurance premiums by taking a classroom or online safe driving course.
Trial Court Rules
Court rules are organized by court type and title.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
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 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 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.
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.
Neighborhood Legal Services
Contact Neighborhood Legal Services for free civil legal help for low-income residents of Erie County.
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.
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 Attorney Search
Search for a lawyer in New York State by name.
Find Free Legal Assistance
Search a directory of organizations offering free legal services to eligible clients by location and legal issue.
New York State Public Defenders and Family Court Parent Representatives
View a list of all Public Defender offices by county, and Family Court parent representatives, provided by the New York State Defenders Association.
Information about Attorneys
Including information about Client Rights and Responsibilities, the Attorney Grievance Committee and Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution.
View a directory of Women's Bar Association of New York members.