The New York Court of Appeals, 1847-1869

The 1846 Constitution drew a distinction between the trial of impeachments and the review of cases on appeal, and established two separate courts a Court for the Trial of Impeachments and a Court of Appeals.

Article VI, section 2, of the Constitution of 1846, provides for a Court of Appeals composed of eight judges, of whom “four shall be elected by the electors of the state for eight years, and four selected from the class of justices of the Supreme Court, having the shortest time to serve.”

The Court of Appeals, New York’s highest-level court, hears civil and criminal appeals from the state’s intermediate appellate courts and, in some instances, directly from the trial courts.

There Shall Be a Court of Appeals... is a 1997 commemorative publication marking the 150th anniversary of New York's highest court. It is rich in history and imagery. As then Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye commented in the Foreword, the publication examines "...the process, the places and the people that have distinguished the Court of Appeals throughout its life."

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Making History Together: The New York State Court of Appeals in Albany's Tricentennial Year grew from the celebrations marking the 300th anniversary of Albany's Original Charter dated July 22, 1686. This publication is a transcript of the ceremony held in Court of Appeals Hall on November 15, 1986 celebrating the shared great history of the City and its Court, and the legacy left by the legal luminaries who populated that history.

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Henry Wilson Scott. The Courts of the State of New York: Their History, Development and Jurisdiction (1909)


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