Ontario Town Justice
- Hon. William Benedict II
- Hon. Dom Paz
- Sara DeMay, Ext. 602
- Amy Church, Ext. 603
Telephone: (315) 524-6511, Ext. 7
Fax: (315) 524-9385
Address: 1846 Ridge Road, PO Box 580, Ontario, NY 14519
Monday 8:30 – 4:00
Tuesday 8:30 - 4:30
Wednesday 8:30 – 4:30
Thursday 8:30 – 4:00
Friday 8:30 – 12:30
Arraignment Court is held the 1st Wednesday of the month and the 4th Tuesday of the month starting at 1:00 PM until finish.
ADA Days are the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday 8:30 AM until finish.
Civil Court is held the 1st Wednesday of the month at 11:00 AM and the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM.
*Hours are subject to change due to mandatory training requirements and will be posted on the court door.
Justice Courts have a very broad, yet limited, jurisdiction in matters affecting the local community. It is for this reason that Justice Courts are often called, "the courts closest to the people," and readily accessible geographically to the citizens.
Local courts handle the largest number of cases coming before the state's court system, and contribute greatly to State and local government. 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.
Informative Link: http://www.courts.state.ny.us