Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

Courts and the Legal System

Overview of the issue

The Legal System in New York State is divided into two areas: Civil Law and Criminal Law. Separate courts govern these two areas of law:

Please refer to the Unified Court System’s website for more detailed information about the New York State Court System and structure.

Learn more about the courts and the police.

Resources

Courts and the Legal System Links

Contact: opdvcriminaljustice@opdv.ny.gov