The New York State Court of Claims is the exclusive forum for civil litigation seeking damages against the State of New York or certain other State-related entities such as the New York State Thruway Authority, the City University of New York, the Olympic Regional Development Authority, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Corporation and the New York State Power Authority (claims for the appropriation of real property only).
The Court of Claims has no jurisdiction over any city, county or town government, or over any individual defendant. For information on New York law generally, see Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute's New York page.
Those unfamiliar with the Court of Claims should start by reading the Frequently Asked Questions.
Electronic Filing Update
New York State Electronic Filing System (NYSCEF)
Pursuant to the Administrative Order of Acting Presiding Judge Richard E. Sise, effective February 23, 2021, all categories of claims in all districts of the Court of Claims are eligible for consensual/voluntary electronic filing in the New York State Courts Electronic Filing System (NYSCEF).
Please note: Motions for Permission to File Late Claims are the only pre-action applications authorized for NYSCEF. All other pre-action motions or special proceedings (i.e., EDPL § 304 [E] distribution proceedings) are not eligible for NYSCEF at this time.
The Electronic Document Delivery System (EDDS) allows you to electronically deliver the following items to the court:
- PDF of a Trial Exhibit (at the direction of the Court only),
- Stipulation or Letter Application to Convert a claim to NYSCEF,
- Documents related to a pre-action motion or Special Proceeding.
Please note: EDDS does not replace and may not substitute for filing under the New York State Courts Electronic Filing System (NYSCEF). Therefore, it should not be used in matters where NYSCEF is available. View the EDDS Notice for more information.
Send a Document with EDDS
Fax Filing Update
Effective September 1, 2021, the Court of Claims can no longer accept payment of filing fees by fax. The $50.00 filing fee must be paid in advance using the Court's online payment system.
For Claims to be filed by fax beginning September 1, 2021:
Prior to filing a Claim, please visit the online payment page at https://iappscontent.courts.state.ny.us/NYSCEF/live/edds.htm and complete payment. Once payment is completed, a confirmation/receipt number will be generated. Please include the confirmation/receipt number in the appropriate field on the Filing Fax Cover Sheet when faxing the Claim.
**CLAIMS SUBMITTED WITHOUT CONFIRMATION OF ONLINE PAYMENT WILL NOT BE FILED**
Robert Abrams Building for Law & Justice
P.O. Box 7344
Albany, NY 12224
Acting Presiding Judge
Richard E. Sise
Eileen F. Fazzone
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(except State holidays)
The Clerk's office does not accept submissions for filing via e-mail.
This is NOT Small Claims court.
Information on Small Claims courts may be obtained at the following sites:
The forms provided at this site are unofficial and non-mandatory. They are designed primarily for self-represented (pro se) claimants. They are PDF documents and require Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Practice Alert - 22 NYCRR § 206.5
Rule 206.5 - Papers Filed with the Court - has been amended to add a new subsection (e) requiring attorneys to omit or redact certain confidential personal information from court filings in the Court of Claims. This rule is effective as of April 15, 2015 and applies to both e-filed and paper-filed cases.
Please refer to the NYSCEF site for information for e-filed claims.
A recommended Redaction Cover Page form is available for use by parties filing paper-filed court documents subject to the rule.
In addition, a Unified Court System training video, addressing the corresponding Supreme and County Court rule (22 NYCRR 202.5[e]), is available.