There are two Town Justices, Daniel F. McCarthy and Gerald M. Klein.
Court sessions are held on Mondays and Thursdays as follows:
- Criminal calendar commences at 9:00 am
- Town Ordinance calendar is at 11:15 am
- Civil cases at 12:00 noon
- Traffic trials at 1:00 pm
- Small claims cases are held one night a month at 6:30 PM. Jury cases are held at least four times a year as needed.
The Town of Cortlandt Court is the local Justice Court in the Town of Cortlandt, Westchester County, New York with jurisdiction over many different types of cases including Penal Law, Vehicle & Traffic Law, Parking, ordinances, Town ordinances, and Civil and Small claims cases. This Court’s monetary jurisdiction in civil and small claims cases is $3,000.00.
To file a small claim in the Town Court, the person you are suing must reside, work, or have a place of business in the Town of Cortlandt. The filing fee is $10.00 or $15.00 according to the amount you are suing for. To file a small claim you or a designated person may report to the Court Clerk’s office on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 PM. You must be 18 years or older to bring an action in small claims; otherwise, the action must be brought by a parent or guardian. Small claims are mailed certified return receipt and first class mail, therefore, a proper mailing address is required. Please call the court in regards to scheduling a Small Claims case.
The Town Court can try cases involving misdemeanor or violations of State Penal Law or violations of Local Ordinances. The Town Court also holds preliminary hearings on felony cases. At an arraignment, the defendant is formally advised of the charges pending in the Court and further advises the defendant of his/her rights. If the defendant cannot afford an attorney, there is an application to be completed and, if eligible, the Court would appoint an attorney to represent him/her.
To resolve a traffic ticket infraction in the local court, review your ticket to determine if it is a “misdemeanor” or “traffic infraction.” You can locate this by looking at the ticket approximately 2/3 down on the right hand side. If the misdemeanor box is checked, you must appear in Court to be arraigned by the Judge.
If the traffic infraction box is checked, you have the following options: You can plead guilty or not guilty. If your plea is guilty, complete the left side of the ticket and either mail it to the Court or bring it to the Court. Be sure to include your current mailing address. You will then be notified if the Court requires the conviction stub of your license or the amount of the fine due. You must contact the Court within 60 days of the issuance of the ticket in order to avoid a suspension on your driver’s license.
If your plea is not guilty, sign the right hand side of the ticket and mail it to the clerk’s office within 48 hours of receiving the ticket. Again, be sure to include your current mailing address. A trial letter will be mailed to you indicating a specific date and time to appear for trial. The Officer that issued the ticket also prosecutes the case.