Court

To contact the Court Clerk via e-mail:  lgregory@nycourts.gov

NOTE:  Pre-trial conferences are held on the 4th Tuesday of every other month (beginning January 2016) at 1:30 p.m. at the Town of Binghamton Town Hall, 279 Park Avenue. 

Town of Binghamton Justice Court

There are over 2000 Town and Village Courts (collectively known as the Justice Courts) located in most of New York State’s town and villages (none are located in New York City). The nearly 2,200 Town and Village judges handle close to 2 million cases a year. The hours and frequency of operation of the individual Justice Courts varies, depending on the size of the locality and the size of the court’s caseload.

What is the function of this Town Court?

This Town Court plays a vital role in the Unified Court System of New York State. This court has broad jurisdiction and the court presides both civil, criminal matters, local town law including code and dog control violations, evictions, orders of protection, etc.

On the civil side, this Town Court hears actions seeking monetary awards up to $3,000 and small claims proceedings for awards up to $3,000. This court also handles landlord/tenant matters that may result in an eviction as well as a money judgment for back rent that is due.

This court also presides over small claims disputes. Small claims proceedings are 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, this court is authorized to handle matters involving the prosecution of misdemeanors and violations that are committed within the town's geographic boundaries.

This Town Court also conducts arraignments and preliminary hearings in felony matters. In addition, this court hears Vehicle and Traffic Law misdemeanors and traffic infractions.

Jury and non-jury trials are held in the Town Courtroom on an as needed basis. The Court Clerk is responsible for maintaining all court-related records.

The Town Justice is an elected public servant with a four-year term who must annually complete twelve (12) hours of mandatory Judicial Continuing Education offered by the State Office of Court Administration.

Town and Village 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 protection.

Courtroom Decorum:

Appropriate attire IS required while attending court. Defendants in criminal matters will have their cases adjourned if they are NOT appropriately dressed. Cell phones and pagers MUST be turned off. Ringing phones will be confiscated by the Court and returned at a later date. Infants and children who are disruptive may be excluded from the courtroom. Food or drink is NOT permitted. 

Please visit this link for important FAQ answers: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/townandvillage/faqs.shtml

Local valuable resources:

ACCORD-A Center for Dispute Resolution, Inc.- http://www.accordny.com/index.cfm

Legal Aid- http://www.lasmny.org/Index.shtm

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Joseph Walker Town Justice (607) 772-0357 ext. 19
Laurie Gregory Court Clerk (607) 772-0357 ext. 19
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