ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York State Court of Appeals has announced plans for an online service, which will offer access to documents through a searchable database for the first time.

The system, called Court-PASS, will be maintained as a permanent public archive for documents related to cases at the state’s highest court that were pending or filed after Jan. 1.

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Officials said anyone may search the database for free and view or download documents from every stage of a case. The database will include papers for civil motions that have been granted and briefs and records in civil and criminal appeals.

The site will incorporate videos and transcripts of oral arguments as well as court decisions, already available on the court Web site.

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The site is set to launch in February.

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