Town Justice — Chris Velez
Office: (315) 347-2091
Fax: (315) 347-4547
Office Hours: Court sessions are held on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month @ 5pm (closed on Holidays). Public Administrative hours are on the 2nd & 4th Mondays 1 to 3 pm — additional hours as needed.
The Town and Village Courts play a vital role in the New York State Unified Court System. These courts have broad jurisdiction and they hear both civil and criminal matters.
On the civil side, the Town and Village Courts hear actions seeking monetary awards up to $3,000 and small claims proceedings for awards up to $3,000. These courts also handle landlord/tenant matters that may result in an eviction as well as a money judgment for back rent that is due.
Town and Village Courts are best known for their small claims parts. Small claims proceedings are intended to provide a , 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, these courts are authorized to handle matters involving the prosecution of misdemeanors and violations that are committed within the town's or village's geographic boundaries.
The Town and Village Courts also conduct arraignments and preliminary hearings in felony matters. In addition, these courts hear Vehicle and Traffic Law misdemeanors and traffic infractions.
Town and Village Justices are required to be available 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 protection.