Fourth Department Continues Successful Hybrid Oral Argument Model

The Fourth Department's dedication to providing an efficient and adaptable appellate process has led to the continuation of hybrid oral arguments for the Fall 2023 terms. The data collected during the pilot period supports this decision, showcasing the effectiveness of this model in ensuring accessibility, convenience, and robust participation. More...

Mon Aug 21 2023 | Press Release : Careers : Court : Excellence

JustCause Fourth Department Partnership Success

JustCause, formerly the Volunteer Legal Service Program of Monroe County, Inc. (VLSP), established the Tenant Town and Village Court Pro Bono Program in 2016 to provide free legal representation to unrepresented tenants in eviction proceedings. More...

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


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 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...

Wed Nov 14 2018 | Press Release : Excellence

Fourth Department seeks input for Excellence Initiative improvements

As In pursuit of even greater efficiencies under Chief Judge DiFiore's Excellence Initiative, the Appellate Division, Fourth Department has created a portal for both court users and employees to make suggestions for improvements to the way the Court delivers its services in the pursuit of justice. More...

Wed Nov 14 2018 | Press Release : Arguments : Excellence

Fourth Department provides Closed Captioning for archived oral arguments

In an effort to broaden access to the courts, including the Appellate Division of Supreme Court, the Appellate Division, Fourth Department is pleased to announce that closed captioning is now available for all archived oral arguments before the Court. More...

Sat Sep 01 2018 | Blog : Accessibility : Arguments : Excellence

Accessibility - Assisted Listening and Closed Captioning for Oral Arguments

If you are unable to access the archive of a particular argument because of a disability, please contact Alan Ross, Deputy Clerk of the Court and the Court’s designated ADA Liaison (by e-mail at or by telephone at 585-530-3102), to request a reasonable accommodation. More...

Fri Dec 30 2016 | Press Release : Arguments : Court : Excellence

Live Broadcast of Oral Arguments

Presiding Justice Gerald J. Whalen announced today that, effective Monday, January 9th, oral argument of cases before the New York State Supreme Court, Fourth Judicial Department will be broadcast live over the internet. More...

Wed Aug 17 2016 | Press Release : Excellence

Notable New York Document Award

​The Law Library of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, has been honored by the New York Library Association for a collaborative initiative to digitize and make more accessible to the general public the state’s codes, rules and regulations. More...

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