Both the criminal court structure and the civil court structure of NY are capped by the Court of Appeals, followed by the intermediate appellate courts. Then are the Courts of original instance (supreme courts, town courts, village courts, county courts, city courts and family courts). The criminal and the civil section work independently, handling the issues strictly, providing verdict and also maintaining all the case information in a daily basis.
And it is the work of specialized eCourts of New York State Unified Court System to view information on both active and disposed cases in Civil Supreme and Local Civil Courts. You can find future appearance dates for cases in Criminal, Family and Housing Court along with eTrack case tracking service where you receive mail updates and appearance reminders for all civil supreme and local court cases. All these services of New York Courthouse Records are free of charge. There are several divisions of the ecourts to group according to the case types.
- WebCivil Local contains information on both Active and Disposed Local Civil Court cases in New York State.
- WebCivil Supreme contains information on both Active and Disposed Civil Supreme Court cases in all 62 counties of New York State.
- WebCrims enables you to view pending criminal cases in local and superior courts in 13 counties and summons cases for all of New York City.
- WebFamily provides information on active Family Court cases of New York State and Integrated Domestic Violence (IDV) Court cases in those counties with IDV Courts.
- WebHousing offers information on pending Landlord Tenant cases in the Housing Part of New York City Civil Court (Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties) as well as the Buffalo City Court in Erie County.
You may search all the individual cases of New York public records by Index Number, Party Name, Attorney/Firm Name or Judge, and produce calendars for a specific Attorney/Firm or by Judge. To search by docket number, be sure to include the docket year and number in the correct box, including zeros. If the file is voluminous, you might be required to hire a document service to photocopy the file, or visit the research room and copy the file yourself. Also you have the luxury of automatic e-mail notification when activity occurs in cases which you have chosen to add to your Case Notification list (eTracking).
Another way of searching a New York Courthouse record is to write, facsimile, or send e-mail requests to the staff of the National Archives and Records Administration Northeast Region of New York. You can discuss with them any options they provide for obtaining access to the records in New York. The request for the cases of the NY court of Appeals Second Circuit court should be sent to the following office mentioning the names of parties involved, nature of litigation and the date when the case was heard.
National Archives and Records AdministrationNortheast Region (New York City) 201 Varick Street - 12th FloorNew York, NY 10014
Mail ordered service charges copies of $0.75 per page with a $15 minimum charge. There is an additional charge of $15 per certification for certified copies which is transferred by mail.
Large scale access to New York court records is not permitted at any point of time. People who wish to gather high amount of case records of New York will only be granted to specific records which have been identified by case name or document number with a small fee charge. It is finally up to the responsibilities of the clerk offices to allow or deny access to New York court house records and it's also to their discretion to limit the number of files to be accessed per day.