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In certain other states, state bar associations handle attorney certification and ethics and disciplinary matters. Under New York law, these matters are handled by the New York State Unified Court System and the Office of Court Administration (http://www.courts.state.ny.us/). Complaints against attorneys are investigated by grievance committees appointed by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court. Information about the grievance process and contact information for the grievance committees is available at http://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/grievance/.