Town of Cortlandt Justice Court
Town Justices Kimberly E. Ragazzo and Maritza Fugaro-Norton
1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Open Mondays through Fridays 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Due to the COVID19 pandemic, you must call to make an appointment for assistance unless it is your court date. For your convenience, there is a drop box outside should you simply need to provide paperwork to the court.
You may find the NYS Screening Questions helpful to review before your visit and can opt to fill out the Town Hall visitor form in advance of your appointment or court date.
NYS COVID19 Screening Questions (English)
NYS COVID19 Screening Questions (Spanish)
Click here for the English version of the COVID-19 Visitor Health Questionnaire.
Click here for the Spanish version of the COVID-19 Visitor Health Questionnaire.
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.