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The names of courts can be confusing! The United States Supreme Court is the highest court in the land; but the New York Supreme Courts are lower level courts. To see the differences, check out these two websites.
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These sites will help you navigate the court system, or search for Federal or New York State cases.
Court Rules, Forms, and Dockets
All courts have rules. This site from Cornell University will help you find them.
Federal Court Locator
More than a locator, this site from Villanova University School of Law has many links to Federal Court decisions
Google Scholar for Law Cases
If you know the name or citation for a case in the federal or any state court you can enter it here to see the case. You must click the radio button for "Legal Opinions"
Justia Federal District Court Filings and Dockets
A free site to look at Federal District court filings and dockets, from 2004 on.
New York Appellate Division
This court is the mid-level appeals court in New York State. Coverage starts in October, 2003.
New York Courthelp
This site is for the person who is representing himself. It has many links to useful forms for use in court, especially family court and surrogates court.
New York Court of Appeals
The Court of Appeals is the highest court in the New York State sustem. Covereage starts in October 2003
New York State Unified Court System
A very large site with links for litigants and jurors.
New York State Unified Court System Forms
Published by the New York State Unified Court System, this site contains forms for the public to use in civil matters.
Selected Historic Decisions of the Supreme Court
From Cornell University School of Law, the easiest way to find those famous cases
Supreme Court Collection
From Cornell University Law School. Search for Supreme Court opinions
Supreme Court of the United States
The official site! Includes calendar and dockets, but does not have file of historic cases.
United States Court of Appeals
The 94 U.S. judicial districts are organized into 12 regional circuits, each of which has a U.S. Court of Appeals
Here are the official sites for information about jury service.
Directions to Courthouses
Guide to Small Claims Court
Provides information about how to commence an action in Small Claims Court
Uniform Rules for the NY Supreme Court and County Court
All courts have rules. Here are the rules for the NY Supreme Courts and County Courts
WebCivil provides online access to information about cases in Civil Supreme Court in all 62 counties of New York State. You may search for cases by Index Number or the name of the Plaintiff or Defendant, look up cases by Attorney/Firm name, and view Calendars for each court.