* Please be advised, the
Court has a metal detector that all parties will have to pass through.
* There are no cell
phones or electronic devices allowed in the Court Room.
* The Court Clerks can
answer questions concerning Court procedures, but are not permitted to
give legal advice.
As of 08/1/2011 there will be a $5.00 fee for all certificates
requested through the court.
Responsibilities of Office
Town justice courts play a vital role in the New York State Unified Court System.
Town courts have broad jurisdiction and they hear both civil and criminal matters.
On the civil side, the Town Court hear actions seeking monetary awards up to $3,000 and small
claims proceedings for awards up to $3,000. The court also handles landlord/tenant matters that may
result in an eviction as well as a money judgment for back rent that is due.
The Town Court also hears small claims proceedings intended to provide a low-cost, simplified and
informal procedure for individuals to resolve disputes involving limited monetary claims. Often
individual litigants do not use an attorney in these matters and are not required to do so.
On the criminal side, the Town Court is authorized to handle matters involving the prosecution of
misdemeanors and violations that are committed within the town's geographic boundaries.
The Town Court also conducts arraignments and preliminary hearings in felony matters. In
addition, the court hears Vehicle and Traffic Law misdemeanors and traffic infractions.
Although younger children are permitted in the courtroom, the court reserves the right to remove any
child who is a disruption to the court hearing. We strongly suggest you make provisions to leave younger
children at home.
Town Justices are required to be on-call 24 hours a day and are often called upon to arraign
misdemeanor and felony charges as well as to act as Family Court judges when Family Court is not in
session. In cases involving domestic violence, the judges are also authorized to issue orders of