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A Guide to the New York State Appellate Division

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What is the New York State Appellate Division?The New York State Appellate Division is the legal institution responsible for the oversight of any or all Appeal hearings taking place within the 3rd District - or Circuit – of Appellate Courts. An appellate court is a legal venue in which individuals are provided the opportunity to petition for supplementary judicial review with regard to a decision mandated by a presiding justice.In order to retain approval for the engagement within the Appellate process, an individual applicant will be required to present overwhelming and valid evidence that there existed legislative discrepancy or legal defect with regard to a previous ruling. Individual applicants residing within the State of New York will be required to submit both their Letters of Appeal and Appellate Petitions to the New York State Appellate Division for review. Subsequent to the review performed by the New York State Appellate Division, a decision will be set forth authorizing the enactment of an appellate hearing. New York State Appellate Division PersonnelIndividual legal officers employed by the New York State Appellate Division are required to fulfill the following requirements:New York State Appellate Division JusticesNew York State Appellate Division Justices must:Not exceed 70 years of ageMust serve at least 5 years of a term, yet may not exceed 14 years servedAmount to 7 in totality with regard to the 1stand 2nd New York State Appellate Division; with regard to the 3rd and 4th New York State Appellate Division, the total number of justices must be 5New York State Appellate Division AttorneysNew York State Appellate Division Attorneys must:Receive admittance through qualified departments existing within the New York State Appellate Division in lieu of the Court of AppealsParticipate in an interview subsequent to the fulfillment of the New York State Bar ExaminationReside within the State of New York; out of state residents are only permitted entry through the 3rd New York State Appellate Division New York State Appellate Division JurisdictionsWithin the New York State Appellate Division, 4 separate departments exist over which an apportioned jurisdiction with regard to the State of New York is granted:New York State Appellate Division: First Department Location: Manhattan, New YorkCounty Jurisdiction: Bronx and Manhattan New York State Appellate Division: Second Department Location: Brooklyn, New YorkCounty Jurisdiction: Queens, Kings, Richmond, Nassau, Suffolk, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and WestchesterNew York State Appellate Division: Third Department Location: Albany, New YorkCity Jurisdiction: Binghamton, Saratoga Springs, Albany, and SchenectadyNew York State Appellate Division: Fourth Department Location: Rochester, New YorkCity Jurisdiction: Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse
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    What is the New York State Appellate Division?

    The New York State Appellate Division is the legal institution responsible for the oversight of any or all Appeal hearings taking place within the 3rd District - or Circuit – of Appellate Courts. An appellate court is a legal venue in which individuals are provided the opportunity to petition for supplementary judicial review with regard to a decision mandated by a presiding justice.

    In order to retain approval for the engagement within the Appellate process, an individual applicant will be required to present overwhelming and valid evidence that there existed legislative discrepancy or legal defect with regard to a previous ruling. Individual applicants residing within the State of New York will be required to submit both their Letters of Appeal and Appellate Petitions to the New York State Appellate Division for review. Subsequent to the review performed by the New York State Appellate Division, a decision will be set forth authorizing the enactment of an appellate hearing.

    New York State Appellate Division Personnel


    Individual legal officers employed by the New York State Appellate Division are required to fulfill the following requirements:

    New York State Appellate Division Justices

    New York State Appellate Division Justices must:

    Not exceed 70 years of age

    Must serve at least 5 years of a term, yet may not exceed 14 years served

    Amount to 7 in totality with regard to the 1st and 2nd New York State Appellate Division; with regard to the 3rd and 4th New York State Appellate Division, the total number of justices must be 5

    New York State Appellate Division Attorneys


    New York State Appellate Division Attorneys must:

    Receive admittance through qualified departments existing within the New York State Appellate Division in lieu of the Court of Appeals

    Participate in an interview subsequent to the fulfillment of the New York State Bar Examination

    Reside within the State of New York; out of state residents are only permitted entry through the 3rd New York State Appellate Division

    New York State Appellate Division Jurisdictions

    Within the New York State Appellate Division, 4 separate departments exist over which an apportioned jurisdiction with regard to the State of New York is granted:

    New York State Appellate Division: First Department

    Location: Manhattan, New York

    County Jurisdiction: Bronx and Manhattan

    New York State Appellate Division: Second Department

    Location: Brooklyn, New York

    County Jurisdiction: Queens, Kings, Richmond, Nassau, Suffolk, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester

    New York State Appellate Division: Third Department

    Location: Albany, New York

    City Jurisdiction: Binghamton, Saratoga Springs, Albany, and Schenectady

    New York State Appellate Division: Fourth Department

    Location: Rochester, New York

    City Jurisdiction: Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse

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