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Justice Department

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1846 Ridge Road, PO Box 580, Ontario, NY 14519

Ontario Town Justices:

  • Reginald P. Higgins II

  • Paul Sucher

Court Clerks:

  • Dawn Yantch                 Ext. 603

  • Sara DeMay                   Ext. 602

Telephone:              (315) 524-6511, Ext. 7

Fax:                         (315) 524-9385

Window Hours:     
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 

Justice Courts have a very broad, but limited jurisdiction in matters affecting the local community.  It is for this reason, Justice Courts are often called, "the courts closest to the people" and readily accessible geographically to the citizens.

Civil jurisdiction of a local Town or Village Court is limited to $3,000.  (The New York State Legislature is presently considering increasing this amount.)  In landlord/tenant proceeding, however, the monetary jurisdiction is unlimited.  Cases can be filed in either the regular Civil Part or Small Claims Part of the court.

New York Town and Village Courts have criminal jurisdiction over all misdemeanors, violations,, and infractions together with arraignment and preliminary jurisdiction over felonies.  The most common laws or types of cases that come before the court are listed below.  Jury trials are conducted when required by law.

Local courts handle the largest number of cases coming  before the state's court system, and contribute greatly to State and local government.

Informative Link:  http://www.courts.state.ny.us

 

     

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