• Permits the Court of Appeals to create new judges subject to disapproval only by concurrent resolution of the legislature, continues power to create by statute.

Article V

Judiciary

Section 1. This article vests the judicial power of the state in a unified state-wide court system, consisting of the court of appeals, the supreme court and its appellate divisions, the court on the judiciary, the court of claims, the surrogate’s court, the family court, the civil and criminal courts of the city of New York and the district court system. The legislature is directed to create at least five but not more than seven appellate divisions. It also includes county, town, city and village courts now existing until they may be superseded and abolished by the adoption of the district court system in any county outside the city of New York. The legislature is authorized to establish an administrative body as part of the unified court system to hear and determine such minor infractions of law as may be provided by statute.

Legislative Amendment Text:

Article V

Judiciary

   Section 1. The judicial power of the state shall be vested in a unified statewide court system which shall consist of the court of appeals, the supreme court and its appellate divisions, the court on the judiciary, the court of claims, the surrogate’s court, the family court, the civil and criminal courts of the city of New York, now existing, any administrative body established pursuant to section thirteen of this article, and the district court system in any county outside the city of New York. It shall also include the county, town, city and village courts now existing outside the city of New York until such courts are superseded and abolished as provided by this article.