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New York State Department of State Assignments of Judges and Court Terms for the State Supreme Court

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of filings by supreme court justices for each judicial district designating court terms and assigning judges. Also included are changes in the date of a court session, a presiding judge, or the extension of a court term or appointment of an extraordinary term. Information includes the locations, dates, and names of presiding judges for each type of court term appointed. After 1905, the governor's certificates of designation of judges were filed with the assignments of judges.
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Quantity:
10 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1848-1924, 1960-1979
Series Number:
B0061

Arrangement

Chronological.

Administrative History

The filing requirement represented by this record series has been in force on a continuing basis since 1848. These records were first required to be filed with the secretary of state by the Laws of 1848, Chapter 379, which also established other procedures for the reorganized New York State court system created by the third constitution of New York (1846). The law also mandated the secretary of state to publish the dates and locations of court terms, as well as the names of the presiding judges. Both the Laws of 1876, Chapter 448, and the Laws of 1909, Chapter 35, which changed the state's court system, retained this procedure for designating court terms and assigning judges. After 1909, the justices of the appellate division for each judicial department and the governor officially designated the dates and appointments of the presiding judges for sessions of the circuit court, general and special terms, and courts of oyer and termines.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of filings by the justices of the supreme court for each judicial district. Changes in the date of a court session, a presiding judge, or the extension of a court term or appointment of an extraordinary term are also filed in this series. The governor's certificates of designation of judges filed after 1905 were filed with the assignments of judges. The information contained in these records includes the locations, dates, and names of presiding judges for each type of court term appointed.

The records covering 1848-1924 are arranged chronologically with each individual filing covering a two-year period. A separate filing exists for each judicial district or judicial department. Records covering 1960-1979 are also arranged chronologically, but each filing covers only one year. A separate filing exists for each judicial department.

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Related Materials

Series A1864 Department of State Certificates of Designation of Judges, contains the governor's certificates of designation of judges from 1848-1905.

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