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The Court of Appeals in Albany

The New York State Court of Appeals last year granted the fewest number of criminal appeals in a decade-and-a-half, according to numbers provided by the court. Only 25, or 1.11 percent, of the 2,244 cases decided in 2017 were granted an appeal by the high court. The percentage, likewise, represents a 15-year low for the court.

The numbers represent a significant drop-off during the first two years of the court under Chief Judge Janet DiFiore—something criminal defense attorneys have expressed concern over.

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Colby Hamilton

B. Colby Hamilton is a litigation reporter for the New York Law Journal and Law.com.

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