Posted by hawk on May 28, 1999 at 18:11:22:
In Reply to: Re: Where are unpublished decisions? good question! posted by Anna on May 28, 1999 at 16:13:44:
All decisions by judges, whether formally published or not, are all part of the law and have precedential value, called stare decisis. (Lower courts must follow the holdings of higher courts.) All judge decisions are collectively referred to as the "common law," -- a rather strange name.
I have no idea who decides which cases get published, but all cases from the Appellate Divisions and the Court of Appeals are published. Oddly, there are two sets of books wherein decisions are published. One is called the official reports -- cited as ___N.Y.2d ___ for the Court of Appeals and ___ A.D.2d ___ for the Appellate Divisions. (the first blank is always the volume of the book , the second is the page number in the volume where the case can be found.) The other book is called the "unofficial" reports and has the citation that looks like this: ___ N.Y.S.2d ___.
Lower courts (Supreme Court, Civil Court and all the other lower courts, are reported with this citation: ___ Misc.2d ___. Did this little bit of info help??
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