From time to time we discuss Judiciary Law § 487, the ancient common law statute. It is perhaps the oldest common law statute, post-dating the Magna Carta (1215) by only 60 years. It was imported into the common law at the birth of our nation. Over time refinements and embellishments have been added, including the requirements of a “chronic and extreme pattern of legal delinquency.”
We are proud to report that the Court of Appeals has granted leave to file an amicus brief on the issue of statutory analysis of Judiciary Law § 487 in Bill Birds, Inc. v. Stein Law Firm, P.C., now being briefed.