With some exceptions embodied in statute, rule or court order, all papers filed with the Court are available for public inspection.
Public documents which have been electronically filed under the Court’s rules and directives are available for viewing on the New York State Courts Electronic Filing (NYSCEF) system. Those public documents which have not been e-filed through NYSCEF may be made available for public inspection at our Clerk’s Office. Given that many documents filed with the Court are not physically located in the courthouse at all times, if you wish to view a public document at the courthouse please contact the Clerk’s Office, via e-mail at AD2-ClerksOffice@nycourts.gov. Your e-mail should include the name and Appellate Division Docket Number of the matter that is the subject of your inquiry, as well as identify the specific documents you wish to view. You will be advised, by return e-mail, when the documents are available for inspection.
If you wish to obtain copies of documents which have been filed with, and relate to a matter currently pending before, the Court, you may visit the Clerk’s Office (after having notified us and been advised that the papers will be available for your review as indicated above) and make copies at the public machine located there, for the fee indicated on the machine.
If you are not able to visit the Clerk’s Office for copies, or if you wish to obtain copies of documents which have been filed with, and relate to a matter which is no longer pending before, this Court, please submit your request to AD2-ClerksOffice@nycourts.gov. Your e-mail should include the name and Appellate Division Docket Number of the matter that is the subject of your inquiry, as well as identify the specific documents you would like copied. You will receive a return e-mail in which you will be advised of the copying fee for the document(s) requested (see, 22 NYCRR 670.17[a]) and that copies will be made upon receipt of payment of the fee. The fee may be paid in cash or by check or money order made out to “Clerk of the Court.”
Following the above instructions will help to make your interactions with the Court efficient and fruitful.