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1846 Ridge Road, PO Box 580, Ontario, NY 14519
Ontario Town Justices:
Telephone: (315) 524-6511, Ext. 7
Fax: (315) 524-9385
Arraignment Court is held the 1st and 4th Tuesdays of the month, starting at 3:00 PM until finish.
ADA Days are the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM.
Civil Courts are held the 1st Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM 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
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