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Historical Court System of New York State – Part 2: Courts of General Jurisdiction

1. Court of Burgomaster & Schepen/renamed Mayor’s Courts/renamed County Courts of Common Pleas, General Session

a. Court of Burgomasters Established 1653

1. Jurisdiction: General Jurisdiction at law, civil cases over 50 guilders, non-capital crimes, Bastardy, Probate, Divorce, Admiralty
2. Jurisdiction Abolished: 1664
3. Appeals From: Justice Courts
4. Appeals To: Director General

b. Mayor’s Courts Established 1664

1. Jurisdiction: General Jurisdiction at law, civil cases, non-capital crimes, Bastardy, Probate, Divorce, Admiralty
2. Jurisdiction Abolished:
3. Appeals From: Justice Court
4. Appeals To: Director General

c. County Courts of Common Pleas/General Session Established 1691

1. Jurisdiction: General Jurisdiction at law, civil cases, non-capital crimes, Bastardy, Probate cases under 50 pounds, Divorce, Admiralty
2. Jurisdiction Abolished:
3. Appeals From: Justice Court
4. Appeals To: Supreme Court of Judicature, Prerogative

Submitted by Mary E. Petty, BA (History), BA (Genealogy)
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