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Court of Appeals sitting in Manhattan

For the first time since the 19th century, the Court of Appeals is conducting court in Manhattan.

The three-day session opened Tuesday with oral arguments in the courtroom of the Appellate Division, First Department, on Madison Avenue, giving people a chance to see the state’s highest court at work outside of the Court of Appeals Hall in Albany.

The court has chosen 12 downstate cases for the calendar, including a gang shooting prosecuted as “a crime of terrorism” and an international civil suit accusing a bank of facilitating terrorism in the Middle East.

The judges were also to attend a Tuesday evening reception honoring Senior Associate Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick who is retiring at the end of the year after 19 years on the state’s highest court. That was at the New York State Bar Association. Another one was scheduled for tonight at Gracie Mansion.