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Criminal History Records
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Attorney General Legal Opinions
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New York State Trial Court Decisions
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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, Divorce, Criminal, and various general and procedural forms. Some local court forms are included.
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.
Online fine payments
Pay Child Support
Pay New York child support payments online. A fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
Erie County Victim/Witness Help
The Erie County District Attorney's Office offers information about services for crime victims and witnesses, including explanation of court procedure, court accompaniment, referrals, and assistance with victims' compensation and victim impact statements.
8th Judicial 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.
Family Violence Information and Resources
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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.
The New York Office of the Attorney General offers a downloadable publication about tenants' rights in English and Spanish.
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.
Child Support Services
The New York State Division of Child Support Enforcement offers information and services related to child support, including paternity establishment and enforcement of child support orders.
Definitions of Common Legal Terms
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Law Library Information
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Trial Court Rules
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Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Erie County Lawyer Referral
The Bar Association of Erie County offers a lawyer referral service by telephone or online, which includes an initial consultation with a lawyer for a nominal fee.
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.
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.
Rural Law Center Legal Help
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Find Free Legal Assistance
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Information about Attorneys
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New York State Attorney Search
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New York State Bar Association Lawyer Referral
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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.
View a directory of Women's Bar Association of New York members.