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New York Court Decisions
A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.
New York Constitution and Legislation
See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
- Constitution (N.Y. Const.)
See also the New York State Assembly and Senate web sites.
- Laws of New York (N.Y. Laws)
Only the most-recent chaptered laws are available. Access is provided through a list of chaptered laws (click on “Chapters”).
- Consolidated Laws
This text-search function is provided by FindLaw (West Group).
New York Rules of Procedure and Practice
New York Administrative Law Sources
See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
- Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations (N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs.)
- New York State Register (N.Y. St. Reg.)
New York Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters
Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
New York City Local Laws
New York Law-Related Periodicals
Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all New York law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.
- Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal (Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J.)
- Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution (Cardozo J. Conflict Res.)
- Cardozo Journal of Law & Gender (Cardozo J. L. & Gender)
- Cardozo Law Review (Cardozo L. Rev.)
- Columbia Law Review (Colum. L. Rev.)
- East European Constitutional Review (E. Eur. Const. Rev.)
[New York Univ. Sch. of Law] — The constitution-making process in the post-Communist nations of Eastern and Central Europe, from the perspectives of political science, legal theory, and the sociology of law.
- Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal (Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J.)
- Hofstra Law Review (Hofstra L. Rev.)
- Journal of Catholic Legal Studies (J. Catholic Legal Stud.)
[St. John’s Univ. Sch. of Law] — Formerly titled The Catholic Lawyer.
- Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development (J. Civ. Rts. & Econ. Dev.)
[St. John’s Univ. Sch. of Law] — Formerly titled Journal of Legal Commentary.
- Journal of Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (J. Race, Gender & Ethnicity)
[Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center]
- National Tax Journal (Nat’l Tax J.)
[National Tax Association]
- New York Law School Law Review (N.Y. L. Sch. L. Rev.)
- New York State Bar Journal (N.Y. St. B.J.)
- New York State Bar News (N.Y. St. B. News)
- New York University Annual Survey of American Law (N.Y.U. Ann. Surv. Am. L.)
[New York Univ. Sch. of Law] — This journal “is dedicated to exploring contemporary legal developments in the United States. Annual Survey articles analyze emerging legal trends, interpret significant recent court decisions and legislation, and explain leading legal scholars’ and judges’ perspectives on current legal topics.”
- New York University Environmental Law Journal (N.Y.U. Envtl. L.J.)
- New York University Journal of International Law & Politics (N.Y.U. J. Int'l L. & Pol.)
- New York University Journal of Law & Business (N.Y.U. J. L. & Bus.)
- New York University Journal of Law & Liberty (N.Y.U. J. L. & Liberty)
- New York University Law Review (N.Y.U. L. Rev.)
- St. John’s Law Review (St. John’s L. Rev.)
- Touro Law Review (Touro L. Rev.)
Other New York Commentary
- Center for New York City Law
[New York Law Sch.] — “The Center for New York City Law was founded in 1993 by New York Law School Professor Ross Sandler. The academic and public mission of the Center is to provide information about, and analysis of, the laws and legal processes that govern New York City. The Center’s ultimate goal is to make the City’s government and decisions more fair, comprehensible and open to the public. . . . The Center writes and edits publications; sponsors events, courses and symposia; develops urban government courses and curricula; maintains a research-based Web site [which is linked here]; and owns a specialized New York City Charter and government library.”
- Collateral Consequences of Criminal Charges
[Columbia Univ. Sch. of Law] — “The collateral consequences of criminal prosecutions are growing in number, scope and duration. These consequences are frequently hidden, making it extremely difficult for judges, practitioners and the public they serve to fully appreciate what lies ahead. [¶] Our mission is to create an online collaborative forum where judges, lawyers and scholars can learn more about collateral consequences. Here, you will find high-quality content managed by experts in the major areas of New York law where collateral consequences occur.”
- Doing Business in New York State: A Legal Guide for Foreign Companies
[Pitegoff Law Office PLLC (N.Y.)]
- Legal Handbook for Early Stage Business
[Albany Law Sch.] — This publication provides resources and educational tools to address legal issues that may arise during early-stage business formation.
- Practice Handbook on Certification of State Law Questions by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to the New York State Court of Appeals (2nd ed. 2006)
[Advisory Group to the New York State and Federal Judicial Council] — “This is a revised edition of the Practice Handbook, which was developed by the Advisory Group to the New York State and Federal Judicial Council and originally published in 2000, to provide readily accessible guidance to attorneys litigating within the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit faced with the possibility that their clients may wish, or other parties may ask, the federal court to refer state law issues to the New York Court of Appeals for determination, or that the Second Circuit may certify state law questions sua sponte.”
New York Law-Related Topical Web Sites
New York Court Information
See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, see Judgepedia, a Wikipedia-style web site, self-described as “an encyclopedia about judges and courts,” which is maintained by the Sam Adams Alliance (Illinois).
New York Forms
- Litigation Forms
- Transaction Forms
- Government Agencies’ Forms
- Business Entity Forms
Other New York Resources
Bar Associations ♦ Law-Related Organizations
Consulates of Canada and Mexico • Consulats • Consulados
Legal Research and Assistance
Department of Financial Services — Consumer Information
Consumer-oriented information on topics such as financing the purchase of a car, predatory (sub-prime) lending, bank accounts, home mortgage loans, reverse mortgage loans, and insurance.
Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for New York Residents
[Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of New York law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in New York.
Low-Cost Legal Aid
See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
- New York Legal Help for the Poor
[Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
- WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help
[WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.
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