(September 2018 update: The judiciary has made obtaining information easier and apparently now has an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recently I obtained a list of passing participants from the lower court test. A friend and someone I’m very fond of asked how I did that. Below I copy and paste my e-mail to that friend, so that others might benefit and be able to gain access to information they want.
Under New York Laws, most government agencies must provide documents to the public upon request, and redact them as necessary. Goes by different names. Public Officers Law. Judiciary Law. FOIL law. (Freedom of Information)
So our first stop on this journey is here:
Then we write a nice little letter like Hello my name is Christopher Day I am requesting the following records under the Public Officer / Judiciary / FOIL law:
Now if you want a court record, say a notice of appearance that the clerk won’t let you copy, you do a Court request, which is found here
Same basic principle. Hello my name is so and so I am requesting the notice of appearance on docket 2017KN066777, yadda yadda.