The Court of Appeals, the state’s Albany-based high court, will launch its new online service – the Court of Appeals Public Access and Search System (Court-PASS) – on Feb. 1 to give the public, lawyers and others in the legal community greater free access to its files and operations, according to Andrew W. Klein, the high court’s chief clerk and legal counsel,.

The system will increase accessibility to information contained in public records and briefs held by the court. Mechanisms have been built into the digital filing system to ensure that confidential and sensitive matters – including Social Security numbers, financial account numbers and names of minor children – are unavailable, Klein said. Cases pending on or filed after Jan. 1, 2013, will be accessible at