During the year 2009, New York’s judiciary included approximately 1,300 full-time judges (not including about 2,300 town and village justices), took in more than 4.6 million new matters, and had a budget in excess of $2.5 billion,287 making it one of the largest, busiest, and most expensive in the world. The First Department of the Appellate Division, located in Manhattan, has jurisdiction over the financial district in New York City, and New York’s Criminal Court is one of the busiest criminal courts in the world. Although amendments adopted in 1961 and 1977...
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