Fri Sep 18 2020 | Press Release : Arguments : Court : COVID-19 : Excellence

FOURTH DEPARTMENT SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES FLEXIBLE ORAL ARGUMENT PROTOCOL

The Appellate Division, Fourth Department has successfully launched a fully-flexible protocol for oral argument that accommodates in-person and remote oral argument appearances by both Justices and litigants. More...

Fri Nov 01 2019 | Press Release : Court

Governor Cuomo Designates Justice Tracey Bannister to Fourth Department

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced five appointments to fill vacancies in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, in all four of New York's Judicial Departments. More...

Mon Sep 30 2019 | Press Release : Admissions : Court : Event

Fourth Department Schedules Special Posthumous Bar Admission Ceremony for First African American Graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law

The Court has scheduled a special and historic posthumous admission ceremony for William Herbert Johnson, the first graduate of African descent from the Syracuse University College of Law -- Friday, October 18th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the S.F. Hancock Ceremonial Courtroom at the Onondaga County Courthouse in Syracuse. More...

Fri Aug 09 2019 | Press Release : Arguments : Court : Event

Fourth Department to hear oral arguments in the S.F. Hancock Ceremonial Courtroom at the Onondaga County Courthouse in Syracuse on October 24th

Presiding Justice Gerald J. Whalen is pleased to announce that on October 24, 2019, as part of its “Have Gavel, Will Travel” program, the Appellate Division, Fourth Department will hear oral arguments in a regular session of Court in the S.F. Hancock Ceremonial Courtroom at the Onondaga County Courthouse in Syracuse. More...

Fri Feb 01 2019 | Blog : Court : Excellence

Appellate Division Statewide Rules Working Group Receives NYSBA Award

At the New York State Bar Association Meeting in January, the Committee on the Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction awarded OCA Counsel John McConnell and the Clerks of the four Appellate Division Departments a special award for their service to the New York legal profession. More...

Thu Jan 24 2019 | Practice Aid : Arguments : Briefs : CLE : Court : Event : Motions : Records

Best Practices: A View From the Bench (video)

Best Practices: A View From the Bench - Supreme Court of the State of New York by Hon. Gerald J. Whalen, Hon. Erin M. Peradotto, and Hon. John M. Curran, moderated by Jackson Center co-founder, board member, and Phillips Lytle LLP partner Gregory L. Peterson, Esq. More...

Thu Jan 17 2019 | Press Release : Arguments : Court

First appeal heard by a panel comprised entirely of the women Justices of the Court

For the first time in the history of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, an appeal was heard by a panel comprised entirely of the women Justices of the Court. More...

Thu Jan 17 2019 | Press Release : Court : Event

Chief Judge DiFiore Presented with Failla Commission Award

On January 17, 2019, The Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission presented Chief Judge Janet DiFiore with an award for her outstanding support of the LGBTQ community during the Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association. More...

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