eTrack-Webcivil Supreme & Local


eTrack is a free case tracking service offered by the New York State Unified Court  System which enables you to receive email Case Updates and Appearance Reminders for Civil Supreme and Local Civil Court cases. It is part of Webcivil Supreme, which contains information on cases (both Active and Disposed) from all 62 counties in New York State and WebCivil Local, which contains similar information from the New York City Civil Courts.

Other courts may be available at the main eCourts site.

Knol from Google


Knol: a unit of knowledge

knol is an authoritative article about a specific topic.
From Google: “A few months ago we announced that we were testing a new product called Knol. Knols are authoritative articles about specific topics, written by people who know about those subjects. Today, we’re making Knol available to everyone.

The web contains vast amounts of information, but not everything worth knowing is on the web. An enormous amount of information resides in people’s heads: millions of people know useful things and billions more could benefit from that knowledge. Knol will encourage these people to contribute their knowledge online and make it accessible to everyone.

The key principle behind Knol is authorship. Every knol will have an author (or group of authors) who put their name behind their content. It’s their knol, their voice, their opinion. We expect that there will be multiple knols on the same subject, and we think that is good.”

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Hat tip to beSpacific.com

Law.com – N.Y. Court Establishes First Statewide Guidelines for Mediators, Neutral Evaluators


Joel Stashenko
New York Law Journal
July 24, 2008

New York has established for the first time statewide guidelines for the qualifications and training of mediators and neutral evaluators who are called into cases by judges seeking to encourage out-of-court settlements.

Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau issued the new rules earlier this month with the approval of the Administrative Board of the Courts, which is comprised of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and the presiding justices of the four Appellate Division departments.

The guidelines require that mediators who want to make the rosters from which judges make assignments must have at least 24 hours of training in basic mediation skills and at least 16 hours of additional training in specific mediation techniques in the types of cases referred to them.

The rules also limit those wanting to be assigned as neutral evaluators to those who have practiced law or served as judges for at least five years with “substantial experience” in the kinds of cases referred to them.

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Read entire article here.