New York Court of Claims

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The New York State Court of Claims is the court which handles all claims against the State of New York and certain state agencies. It is not a small claims court. Judges of the Court of Claims are appointed by the Governor of New York and confirmed by the State Senate for a 9-year term. While there are Judges of the Court of Claims who handle only claims against the state, there are many Judges of the Court of Claims who are appointed to this post and then assigned to serve as an Acting Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, generally in the criminal term of the court. This is done to increase the number of trial judges in the state for felony crimes, as it can be easier for Legislators to vote to increase the number of Court of Claims judges than Supreme Court Justices in view of differences in the manner of selecting the judges.


The Court of Claims was established in 1915 to succeed the New York State Board of Claims which was composed of three commissioners. The last three commissioners were John Jerome Rooney, William A. Gardiner and James McDonald.[1]


  1. ^ OUSTS BOARD OF CLAIMS in NYT on January 29, 1915

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