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Committee On State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction

The Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction addresses issues relating to the New York State Supreme Court, the Appellate Division, the Court of Claims and the Court of Appeals, and participates in the Judiciary Committee's evaluation of candidates for these courts.

Recent topics considered by the Committee include: preservation of electronic discovery; filing confidential information under seal; proposed amendments to the Civil Practice Law and Rules or court rules with respect to, among other things, summary judgment in lieu of complaint, expert disclosure and temporary restraining orders. The Committee has also drafted and made available to the courts and practitioners a Model Confidentiality Agreement.

The Committee has also sponsored a Breakfast Series of panel discussions on various practice areas; the panels are comprised of distinguished members of the bench and bar who offer useful practice tools. Similarly, the Committee’s Bench/Bar Forum involves a stimulating discussion of topics of interest to the profession.

Recent Reports

Report in support of legislation (A.9573) to amend Article 9 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules to reform and modernize the administration of class actions in New York’s courts (April 2016) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Class Actions

Transition letter to Chief Judge Janet DiFiore offering recommendations to improve the state courts and the judicial system during her term (April 2016) ( PDF format )
Subject area: NYS Judiciary

Comments on the Unified Court System’s Commercial Division Advisory Council’s proposal to amend the Standard Form Confidentiality Order (March 2016) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Commercial Division, Confidentiality

For the full list of committee reports click here

Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.