N.Y. Judiciary Law Section 814
Care and management of court law libraries


Each court law library shall be under the care and management of the chief administrator of the courts. Each shall have a board of trustees, which shall consist of four members, all of whom shall be residents of the county in which the library is located, and who shall be appointed by the chief administrator in accordance with this section. The chair of the board shall be a justice of the supreme court or, if no justice resides in the county, a judge of the county court, family court or of the surrogate’s court of the county. Of the remaining members of the board, one shall be an attorney who has been admitted to the practice of law in this state; one shall be a member of the board of supervisors or other legislative body of the county in which the library is located, or in the case of a county wholly contained within a city, of the legislative body of such city, and one member shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the president of the county bar association. In addition to the four members of each board of trustees provided for hereinabove, the chief administrator of the courts may, in his discretion, appoint such other members as he deems appropriate. The members of the board shall serve without pay for a term of two years and shall be eligible to be reappointed to successive terms of office. Membership on a board of trustees shall terminate whenever a member ceases to be a resident of the county, or ceases to hold public office if the holding of such public office was required at the time of such member’s appointment to the board. A vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.


Each board of trustees shall provide the chief administrator with such assistance as he or she shall require in maintaining and operating the court law library.


In the event of any change in the designation of a court law library for the purpose of receiving materials transmitted pursuant to paragraph c of subdivision four of Executive Law § 102 (Filing and publication of codes, rules and regulations)section one hundred two of the executive law, the chief administrator shall cause the previously designated library within such judicial district to transfer all such materials in its possession to the newly designated library.


The provisions of this section shall not apply to the supreme court library in borough of Brooklyn nor to the supreme court library at Buffalo until April first, nineteen hundred ninety-four. Such libraries are continued as court law libraries under the provisions of this article effective April first, nineteen hundred ninety-four.

Source: Section 814 — Care and management of court law libraries, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/JUD/814 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

Dec. 2, 2023

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

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