New York Legal Overview: New York City
The New York City metropolitan area covers 23 counties in New York State, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is officially called the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island MSA, the most populous MSA in the nation. This MSA is part of the larger New York-Newark-Bridgeport CSA, or combined statistical area. New York City has five different trial courts, with the New York City Supreme Court as the main trial court with general jurisdiction. Listed below are the main NY cities which come under the New York City metro area.
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New York City
1. Kings County (Brooklyn), Queens County, New York County (Manhattan), Bronx County, and Richmond County (Staten Island) make up New York City. These five counties are served mainly by the New York City Supreme Court which has general and original jurisdiction over all cases filed in the city. But in practice, it only takes felony prosecutions and civil cases exceeding $25,000. The Civil Court of the City of New York has jurisdiction over civil lawsuits not exceeding $25,000, including a small claims part for cases not exceeding $5,000.
Trending Legal Topics: Probate matters go to the surrogate’s court. Appeals from the NYC civil and criminal courts go to the appellate terms of the supreme court. Appeals against Supreme Court trial verdicts go to the Supreme Court Appellate Division. The NY Court of Appeals is the court of last resort. Federal cases are filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.