USE THE DATABASE AS A “DO-IT-YOURSELF” UPDATE SERVICE
Updates are staples of continuing legal education. By adding the “start” and “end” date criteria (in the second and third lines of the search panel on the right side of the page) to any of the search methods explained on the “Just Released,” and “Streamlined Research” pages, you can create your own personalized updates, bringing you up to speed on what courts addressed last week, last month, or last year, in any area of the law.
If, for example, you want to catch up on what the Court of Appeals has ruled so far this year in all areas of the law, choose “All Categories” in the search panel, choose January 1, 2019, as the start date and today as the end date, type “CtApp” (using exactly that abbreviation and the quotation marks) in the “Search by Keywords” line, and click on “Search.”
If you want to get caught up on what the Fourth Department dealt with so far this year in Criminal Law, or Family Law, or Zoning, or any other area of the law, choose the legal category from the drop-down menu in the search panel (revealed by clicking on “All Categories”), choose the start and end dates, type “Fourth Department” (using exactly those words and the quotation marks) in the “Search by Keywords” line, and click on “Search.”
The results of any “update search” can be downloaded to your computer, by clicking on “PDF Friendly Version,” or printed out, by clicking on “Print Friendly Version,” at the top of the “Search Results” page. The downloaded or printed document will include all the decision-summaries that are on the website page. If necessary, you can increase the number of summaries on the page (so the entire search-result will be in a single downloaded or printed document) by clicking on the “Results Per Page” line of the search panel. The links to the full decisions remain live in a downloaded document. In form and function, a search-result document is a memorandum of law.
Using the search panel or the footer, you can call up the most recent decision-summaries in any legal category simply by clicking on the category in the drop-down menu (revealed by clicking on “All Categories”) or by clicking on the category in the footer. As an aid in reviewing the recent decision-summaries in the more heavily-populated categories, the following pamphlets are offered. A quick review of the issues is facilitated by the Table of Contents in each pamphlet.
THE “UPDATE PAMPHLETS” POSTED REGULARLY
“Negligence” Pamphlets—January through August, 2019
Some legal categories generate many more decisions in a given month than others. “Negligence” is one of them. To facilitate an overview of the “Negligence” decisions released every month use the “Pamphlet Service.” The January through August 2019 “Negligence” pamphlets (linked to below) collect all the decision-summaries in the “Negligence” category posted on this site in each of those months. The “Table of Contents” lists all the issues addressed by the “Negligence” summaries and each “Table of Contents” entry links to the decision-summary, which in turn links to the full decision on the New York State Law Reporting Bureau website. To return to the “Table of Contents” from the body of the pamphlet, just click on “Table of Contents” in the header. Any decision-summaries in this category posted after August 31 will come up simply by clicking on “Negligence” in the search panel or the foot
“Criminal Law” Pamphlets—January through August, 2019
Another heavily populated legal category is “Criminal Law.” All of the “Criminal Law” decision-summaries posted January through August, 2019, are collected in the pamphlets linked to below. The entries in the “Table of Contents” link to the decision-summaries, which link to the full decisions on the New York State Law Reporting Bureau website. To return to the “Table of Contents” from the body of the “Criminal Law” pamphlet, click on “Table of Contents” in the header. Any decision-summaries in this category posted after August 31 will come up simply by clicking on “Criminal Law” in the search panel or the footer.
“Civil Procedure” Pamphlets—January through August, 2019
“Civil Procedure” is a pervasive legal category, in part because most civil cases reach the Appellate Division based upon motion practice (motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, etc.). The “Table of Contents” in the “Civil Procedure” pamphlets linked to below facilitates a quick review of the “Civil Procedure” issues addressed by our appellate courts January through August 2019. Any decision-summaries in this category posted after August 31 will come up simply by clicking on “Civil Procedure” in the search panel or the footer.
“2019 Court of Appeals Update” Pamphlet—January 2019 – June 2019
The summaries of the decisions and opinions from the New York State Court of Appeals posted between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019 have been collected in an organized pamphlet. The “Table of Contents” facilitates a quick review of the issues dealt with by the Court of Appeals so far this year. The entries in the “Table of Contents” link to the decision-summaries. Click on “Table of Contents” in the header to return there. To keep up with the latest Court of Appeals decisions released after June 30, simply type “CtApp” into the “Search by Keywords” line of the search panel and click on “Search.” The most recent Court of Appeals decision summaries will come up first.