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The current home of the Second Department, located at 45 Monroe Place in Brooklyn (Photo by David Handschuh/NYLJ) The current home of the Second Department, located at 45 Monroe Place in Brooklyn (Photo by David Handschuh/NYLJ)

In researching the history of the Appellate Division in the course of preparing my recent presentations on that subject (see Finding the Perfect Number, Part 1, NYLJ, August 27, 2019 and Finding the Perfect Number, Part 2, NYLJ, August 28), I discovered that by 1920, the caseload in the First Department, with more than 1,500 appeals and 840 motions decided, was considered so overwhelming that a proposal was made to have the court sit in two divisions. While I did not have comparable statistics for the other three departments, I thought it would be useful to contrast what was perceived in 1920 to be a crisis situation to the caseloads of the various departments today, almost 100 years later.

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