New York Lawyer Legal Overview
The highest court in New York State is the Court of Appeals, with a Chief Judge and six associate judges appointed by the Governor for 14 year terms. The New York Supreme Court is below the Court of Appeals and has two divisions with 570 justices across 12 judicial districts. One division of the Supreme Court functions as the main trial court with original and general jurisdiction. The Appellate Division handles appeals from the Supreme Court and the Appellate Term of the Supreme Court. New York also has County Courts, Family Courts and the Court of Claims.
Top metro New York areas for Legal Issues:
1. Capital punishment in New York is on a moratorium following the People v. LaValle verdict by the New York Court of Appeals which made the state's death penalty statute unconstitutional. Cases involving the New York Times have resulted in landmark judgments protecting and enhancing the freedom of the press. In New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964), the U.S. Supreme Court established the malice standard for defamation and libel. The New York Times Co. v. United States (1971) ruling upheld First Amendment rights to publish the Pentagon Papers without censorship or fear of retribution by the Nixon administration.
2.J PMorgan, a New York-based company, was ordered to identify the individual with the most information on potential real estate-backed securities in a lawsuit that was filed.
3. Hampshire Hotels & Resorts LLC is currently facing a $55 million foreclosure lawsuit over a hotel in New York.
Trending New York Legal Topics: The New York State Bar Association was established in 1876 as a voluntary organization. Today, it is the biggest voluntary state bar in the nation with more than 75,000 members. There are more than 161,000 lawyers licensed to practice law in New York State, which is more than the number of lawyers in any other state. Bar exams and admission applications are administered and processed by the New York State Board of Law Examiners, operating under the auspices of the New York State Court of Appeals. The State Bar and the Court of Appeals are both based in Albany, NY.