Legal Resources

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services' (Division), Office of Legal Services (OLS) is a critical component of New York's criminal justice system that provides legal counsel to the Division and offers a wide range of services to law enforcement agencies and prosecutor offices across the State.

OLS ensures that the Division complies with state and federal laws and regulations. From the development of a request for proposal through execution of a contract, from creation to implementation of rules and regulations governing agency responsibilities, to drafting legislation, the OLS guides the Division through numerous state and federal statutory and regulatory requirements.

The following is a list of links to criminal justice information that provide useful resources to the Law Enforcement Community as well as the public:

  • Enacted Laws

    Includes summaries of significant criminal justice legislative accomplishments that have been enacted into law since 1995.

  • Case Summaries

    Brief summaries of selected judicial decisions that were issued by the Court of Appeals, the highest appellate tribunal in New York State, which may be of interest to the criminal justice community.

  • MPTC Regulations

    Title 9 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) regulations governing the policies and responsibilities of the New York State Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC).

  • DNA Databank Regulations

    Title 9 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) regulations governing the policies and responsibilities New York State's DNA Databank.

  • Courts

    Provides links to the New York State Courts including Appellate Courts. Also provides links to Federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts.

  • Law Libraries

    Includes links to various law libraries making it possible to perform research from a variety of resources.

  • NYS Department of State

    New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)

  • Publications

    The Office of Court Administration's Search Warrant Manual, published in 2005. The manual is a comprehensive guide to obtaining search warrants, the proper courts to issue warrants, affidavits, necessary information that should be included in a warrant and appropriate circumstances in which warrants are necessary, as well as other extremely useful information regarding their utilization.