Town of Cortlandt Town Justice Court
Regularly scheduled court for Monday and Thursday as well as small claims have been suspended until further notice. You will be given a new court date in the future via mail. Please call 914-506-2938
for questions (Monday-Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm). Check the website for updates. Thank you.
March 17, 2020, DUE TO THE RECENT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, THIS COURT WILL NOT BE IN REGULAR SESSION. ALL MATTERS ARE ADMINISTRATIVELY ADJOURNED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. UPON RESUMPTION OF THE REGULAR COURT SESSIONS, YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY THE COURT PERSONNEL AT A FUTURE DATE.
IF YOU HAVE A SCHEDULED APPEARANCE OR WERE OTHERWISE DIRECTED TO ATTEND COURT TODAY, YOU WILL NOT BE PENALIZED FOR YOUR ABSENCE.
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION IN THIS EFFORT TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) TO OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY.
Town Justices Kimberly E. Ragazzo and Maritza Fugaro-Norton
Payments are accepted in person via cash (exact change only), money order, or Mastercard and Visa. No personal checks are accepted. Money orders can also be mailed to the court. Payments are also accepted online at WWW.CORTLANDTTOWNCOURTPMTS.COM or through a 2the following 914-742-8031. Interpreters are available through this phone number. This online and phone payment system through NCourts accepts Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. Please note that the use of credit cards and the online or phone system incur additional convenience surcharges. Neither the Justice Court nor the Town receive the convenience fees.
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 guilty section 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 by the Court about 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. You also will be subject to license suspension for failure to pay a fine set by the Judge after a guilty plea or finding of guilt at trial. If you receive a letter about license suspension, call the Court immediately to address the issue before additional lift suspension fees will be imposed by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
If your plea is not guilty, complete the not guilty section and mail it to the clerk’s office by the return date on the ticket. Again, be sure to include your current mailing address. A letter will be mailed to you indicating a specific date and time to appear. The Officer that issued the ticket also prosecutes the case except for tickets issued by New York State Police which are prosecuted by the Town Attorney.
It is your responsibility to give the court your new address if you move.
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. The small claims application can be found here, but no mail in applications will be accepted. Please call the Court before coming in to file.