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National Archives Launches Founders Online Website

ffThis free online tool brings together the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison in a single website that gives a first-hand account of the growth of democracy and the birth of the Republic.

Founders Online was created through a cooperative agreement between the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives, and The University of Virginia (UVA) Press.

In its initial phase, Founders Online contains nearly 120,000 fully searchable documents. When it is complete, it will include approximately 175,000 documents in this living monument to America’s Founding Era.

Check it out for historical gossip, intrigue, and political insights.


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NYS Court of Appeals to Launch New Online Service

On February 1, 2013, the NYS Court of Appeals will launch an online service they developed,  the Court of Appeals Public Access and Search System, aka Court-PASS.   Court-PASS provides an improved method for the filing of records and briefs in digital format on appeals to the Court of Appeals and, for the first time, offers universal online access to these documents through a publicly-searchable database on the Court’s website. nyscoa

Users of this database may view a list of all pending and decided cases listed alphabetically by case name.  In addition, the search function allows users to retrieve pending and decided cases by party name, argument date, decision date, Judge, appeal number, subject matter or a combination of any of the above.

The public will be able to use Court-PASS free of charge to view or download documents from every stage of a case at the Court of Appeals.

Court-PASS  will be maintained as a permanent public archive for documents related to Court of Appeals cases pending on or filed after January 1, 2013.

The Notice to the Bar as well as changes to the Court’s Rules, and revised Technical Specifications are available here.



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