The Appellate Process

   

Following a criminal conviction in either Albany County Court or Supreme Court, defendants have a right to one direct appeal to the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court for review of the rulings of the trial court.  These appeals are not new trials but are simply a review of what happened at trial to ensure that the defendant received a fair trial.  If a defendant’s conviction is affirmed, in rare cases he may be granted permission to file another appeal with the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court.  Our Legal Affairs Bureau is responsible for handling all appellate matters before the Appellate Division and the Court of Appeals.