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New York State Law Reporting Bureau

  1. How Do I Contact the Law Reporting Bureau?
    • Address: 17 Lodge Street Albany, NY 12207
    • Phone: (518) 453-6900
    • Fax: (518) 426-1640
  2. What is the Law Reporting Bureau?
    • The Law Reporting Bureau is an agency of the State of New York and is under the direction and control of the State Reporter, who is appointed by the Court of Appeals. The Bureau publishes in the Official Reports of the State of New York every cause determined in the Court of Appeals and in the four Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court, unless otherwise directed by the deciding court. In addition, any cause determined in any other court which the State Reporter, with the approval of the Court of Appeals, considers worthy of being reported because of its usefulness as a precedent or its importance as a matter of public interest may also be published:
    • We do not offer legal advice, recommend or discipline attorneys, or perform legal research. We neither draft nor formulate legislation for the State of New York.
  3. Is there a fee for accessing decisions?
    • There is no charge for access to the New York Slip Opinion service or Official Reports Service. If you link out of the Official Reports Service to access Westlaw's fee-based services (e.g., by clicking on a blue-underlined hypertext link), a subscription or credit card payment is required.
  4. Besides the Authoring Judge, Who May Submit a Trial Court Decision for Publication in the Official Reports?
    • Any interested party or counsel may bring a decision to the attention of the State Reporter by forwarding him a copy.
  5. How Is a Trial Court Decision Published in the Official Reports?
    • Decisions submitted for publication should be sent directly to the Law Reporting Bureau.
  6. Are Decisions Edited for Publication?
    • Editorial guidance is provided by the New York Law Reports Style Manual, whose purpose is to guide New York Judges and their clerks in the preparation of court decisions, in order to provide uniformity for key elements of all New York decisions, resulting in a more cohesive, easier to understand body of decisional law to be used by the Bench, the Bar and the public at large.
    • Selected cases in the Miscellaneous Reports may be followed by the language "Portions of opinion omitted for purposes of publication." When a decision is edited for publication pursuant to our partial publication rule, it is the Trial Judge — not the State Reporter — who determines which portions are omitted for purposes of publication, and it is the Trial Judge who approves the decision for publication in its edited form.
    • Under a program approved by the Court of Appeals, a limited number of opinions are being selected exclusively for publication in the New York Slip Opinion Service ( and the New York Official Reports (NY-ORCSU) on Westlaw. These opinions are not edited for publication, and no headnotes are provided, but the opinions are classified by subject to the Official Reports Digest-Index classification scheme. Each opinion is assigned a unique Slip Opinion citation and pagination to permit point-page citations. An abstract of each opinion—providing the case name, authoring judge or justice name, jurisdiction, decision date, and Slip Opinion citation—will be published in the Advance Sheets. (Abstracts are not prepared for opinions published in PDF (image) format, and these opinions are not classified to the Digest-Index.)
  7. How Are Decisions Cited?
    • The Official Reports are divided into three levels: the New York Reports [e.g., 74 NY2d 201], containing the decisions of the State's highest court, the Court of Appeals; the Appellate Division Reports [e.g., 252 AD2d 156], containing the decisions of the State's four intermediate appellate level departments; and the Miscellaneous Reports [e.g., 178 Misc 2d 185], containing the decisions of trial level courts and the Appellate Term of the Supreme Court.
    • All decisions published in the Official Reports are also assigned an official electronic citation number, in the form, e.g., 2001 NY Slip Op 00001. The initial number denotes the year that a decision is published. The second is a unique serial number assigned to each decision for that particular year. Citations for Unreported opinions have a "(U)" suffix, e.g., 2001 NY Slip Op 40001(U). Use this electronic citation for officially published cases which have not been assigned a permanent citation in the traditional "volume-report-page" form. To determine the electronic citation for a case, use the New York Slip Opinion Service.
  8. Who Do I Contact Regarding a Subscription to the Official Reports?
    • For Judges, correspondence regarding subscriptions should be addressed to:
      • Law Reporting Bureau
      • Attn: Judges' Subscriptions
      • 17 Lodge Street
      • Albany, NY 12207
    • For everyone else, correspondence regarding subscriptions should be addressed to:
      • West Group™
      • 610 Opperman Drive
      • Eagan, MN 55123
  9. How Do I Get a Certified Copy of an Opinion?
    • Provide the Official Reports citation for the opinion to the address listed in question I, above.
    • You will be invoiced for a photocopying fee of 50 cents per page and a certification fee of 25 cents per opinion.
    • Since certification requires coordination among several officials, please allow as much time as possible. For expedited delivery, provide your Federal Express or similar delivery service billing number with your request.
  10. How Do I Get Permission to Copy an Opinion?
    • Judiciary Law § 438 (Copyright of notes prepared by law reporting bureau) provides: "The copyright of the statement of facts, of the head notes and of all other notes or references prepared by the law reporting bureau must be taken...
Source: www.courts.state.ny.us
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