Information on Our Local Courts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Some General Instructions

 

   COURT--the times given on this page are for the regular sessions of the Court.  At such regular sessions the Court will begin criminal cases with a short "arraignment" proceeding and schedule other matters.
     "PRE-TRIAL" -- the times given above for "pre-trials" are the nights on which an Assistant District Attorney (“ADA”) – a lawyer representing the County District Attorney’s Office --  is present to discuss the status of on-going criminal proceedings.
      DRESS WELL FOR COURT -- Court is "game time" -- dress for it!  Wear "Sunday best" or, at least, clean, conservative clothes -- jeans and a dress shirt, a conservative dress or similar clothes are always appropriate!
      LATE?  CANNOT APPEAR IN COURT? If you are asking us to go to Court for you, please remember it is important to appear ON TIME for all court appearances unless we tell you that your appearance is not necessary.  If you even think you may miss a Court date, please call us to let us know the reason.  If you cannot reach us -- and ONLY if you cannot reach us --  then call the Court and advise the Court -- the Court telephone numbers are here on our "Information on Our Local Courts" page.  It is NEVER acceptable to fail to appear in Court -- the Court looks upon such failures badly and will, justifiably, see the failure as evidence that you do not take the proceeding seriously and, therefore, see little reason to give you the relief you seek.

 

 - General Information on Local Courts

 

     1) For civil actions (two people suing each other), the Court which will hear the case depends on the dollar amount sought by the parties.  Cases up to $3,000 are heard in town or village court, cases between $3,000 and $50,000 are heard in County Court and cases beyond $50,000 are heard in the New York State Supreme Court (New York’s trial level court).  Evictions are generally heard in town and village court.   City Court is like town and village court and handles many of the same kinds of actions, but can hear cases with values of up to $10,000.

     2) For criminal or traffic actions, misdemeanors or violations are prosecuted in town or village court.  Felonies are prosecuted in the County Court.

     3) Divorces are actions in the Supreme Court while custody, visitation and support are all actions in the Family Court.

     4) Occasionally, you may find that you know the judge on your case.  If you know a judge, do not try to discuss your case with the judge before appearing in Court – not only do rules governing judicial behavior frown on such discussions, but judges do not like being “put on the spot” any more than you do!

     5) Please note that local County, Family, Surrogate and Supreme Courts are not listed as these courts prefer to work with the public through their attorneys unless you are proceeding without a lawyer.  If there is a need to advise those courts of a delay in your appearance or inability to appear, you can find their telephone numbers in the telephone directory under “Tompkins County”, “Cortland County” or “Cayuga County.”

 

- Tompkins County Courts (listed clockwise around Cayuga Lake)

 

Town Court, Town of Groton (2 judges)  - - Groton Courts Website

Acting Judge Alton I. Alexander

Clerk Peg Palmer

101 Conger Boulevard, Groton, NY 13073

607-898-3711

Regular Court Session – Wednesdays 4 p.m.

A.D.A.- Jevon Garrett

Pre-trial Conference Day – 4th Wednesday of the month

 

Judge Arland L. Heffron

Clerk Peg Palmer

101 Conger Boulevard, Groton, NY 13073

607-898-3711

Regular Court Session – Wednesdays 4 p.m.

A.D.A. Jevon Garrett

Pre-trial Conference Day – 4th Wednesday of the month

 

Village Court, Village of Groton (2 judges, 1 seat vacant as of 7/31/02)

Judge Arland L. Heffron

Clerk Peg Palmer

101 Conger Boulevard, Groton, NY 13073

607-898-3711

Regular Court Session – Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.

A.D.A. Jevon Garrett

Pre-trial Conference Day – 4th Wednesday of the month

 

Town Court, Town of Dryden (2 judges)

Judge Joseph J. Valentinelli

Clerk Debra Smiley

65 East Main Street, Dryden, NY 13053

607-844-8621

Regular Court Session – Wednesdays 9 a.m.

A.D.A. – Dale Worrall

Pre-trial Conference Day –  1st Wednesday of the month

 

Judge Christopher E. Clauson

Clerk Bobbi Jo Beck

65 East Main Street, Dryden, NY 13053

607-844-8621

Regular Court Session – Mondays 6 p.m.

A.D.A. – Dale Worrall

Pre-trial Conference Day –  1st Thursdays of the month, 8:30 a.m.

 

Village Court, Village of Freeville (Freeville is in the Town of Dryden)

Judge Arthur Marchese

Clerk Karenlee Marquis

5 Factory Street, Freeville, NY 13068

607-844-8470

Regular Court Session – Wednesdays 7 p.m.

A.D.A. – Jennifer Worrall

Pre-trial Conference Day –  2d Wednesdays of the month

 

Town Court, Town of Lansing (2 judges)

Judge William F. Burin

Clerks Lynnette Geiger and Joann Payne 

29 Auburn Road, Lansing, NY 14882

607-533-4776

Regular Court Session – Tuesday 9 a.m.

A.D.A. – Jennifer Worrall

Pre-trial Conference Day –  1st Wednesday of the month

 

Judge John C. Howell

Clerks Lynnette Geiger and Joann Payne 

29 Auburn Road, Lansing, NY 14882

607-533-4776

Regular Court Session – Thursday 7 p.m.

A.D.A. – Jennifer Worrall

Pre-trial Conference Day –  Every six weeks on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

 

Town Court, Town of Ithaca (2 judges)

Judge Ray Bordoni

Clerk Cindy Wasleff

215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

607-273-0493

Regular Court Session – Wednesdays 5 p.m.

A.D.A. – Ezra Sherman

Pre-trial Conference Day –  4th Wednesday of the month

 

Judge Clarence Larkin

Clerk Betty Poole (Clerk Poole is also a Judge in the Town of Enfield)

215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

607-273-0493

Regular Court Session – Mondays 9 a.m.

A.D.A. – Ezra Sherman

Pre-trial Conference Day –  4th Monday of the month

 

 

City Court, City of Ithaca  (2 judges) --- Ithaca City Court Website

Judge Judith Rossiter

Judge Marjorie Olds

Chief Clerk Ellis Bozzolo

118 East Clinton Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

607-273-2263

Regular Court Session

- Criminal Matters – Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m.

- Civil Matters – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.

Prosecutors

- all matters except drug-related and DWI matters – City Prosecutor Margaret McCarthy

- drug-related and DWI matters – A.D.A. Linda Gafford

Pre-trial Conference Day – as set by the Court, prosecutors are always available in Court

 

Village Court, Village of Cayuga Heights

Judge Glenn G. Galbreath

Clerk Pat Button

836 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850

607-539-7796

Regular Court Session – Mondays 5 p.m.

A.D.A. – Dale Worrall

Pre-trial Conference Day – 3d Monday of the month

 

Town Court, Town of Caroline (2 judges)

Judge Harold Phoenix

Clerk Rachel Brown

P.O. Box 121, Slaterville Springs, NY 14881

607-539-7796

Regular Court Session – Mondays 5 p.m.

A.D.A. – Dale Worrall

Pre-trial Conference Day – 3d Monday of the month

 

Judge Paul Grennell

Clerk Rachel Brown

P.O. Box 121, Slaterville Springs, NY 14881

607-539-7796

Regular Court Session – Wednesday 8 a.m.

A.D.A. – Dale Worrall

Pre-trial Conference Day – 3d Wednesday of the month

 

Town Court, Town of Danby (2 judges)

Judge James M. Herson

Clerk Theresa Klinger

1830 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850

607-277-4788

Regular Court Session – Tuesdays 7 p.m.

A.D.A. – Gary Surdell

Pre-trial Conference Day – 1st Tuesday of the month

 

Judge Gerald Catlin, Sr.

Clerk Theresa Klinger

1830 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850

607-277-4788

Regular Court Session – Tuesdays 7 p.m.

A.D.A. – Gary Surdell

Pre-trial Conference Day – 1st Tuesday of the month

 

Town Court, Town of Enfield (2 judges)

Judge N. Jane Murphy

Clerk Carolyn Thall

168 Enfield Main Road

607-273-0363

Regular Court Session – Thursdays 10 a.m. 

A.D.A. – Jevon Garrett

Pre-trial Conference Day – 2d Thursday of the month, 9:30 a.m.

 

Judge Betty Poole (Note – Judge Poole is a clerk of the Town Court, Town of Ithaca)

Clerk Dianne McFall

168 Enfield Main Road, Ithaca, NY 14850

607-273-0363

Regular Court Session – Mondays 6 p.m.

A.D.A. – Jevon Garrett

Pre-trial Conference Day – 2d Monday of the month

 

Town Court, Town of Newfield (2 judges)

Judge Gary P. Allen

Clerk Elizabeth Allen

166 Main Street, Newfield, NY 14867

607-564-9571

Regular Court Session – Mondays at 1 p.m. 

A.D.A. – Dale Worrall

Pre-trial Conference Day – Last Wednesday of the month 6:30 p.m.

 

Judge Arthur Davis

Clerk Tina <LAST NAME>

166 Main Street, Newfield, NY 14867

607-564-9571

Regular Court Session – Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

A.D.A. – Dale Worrall

Pre-trial Conference Day – Last Wednesday of the month 6:30 p.m.

 

Town Court, Town of Ulysses (2 judges)

Judge Roger N. Rector

Clerk Michele Townely

10 Elm Street, Trumansburg, NY 14886

607-387-5411

Regular Court Session – Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. 

A.D.A. – Ezra Sherman

Pre-trial Conference Day – 3d Tuesday of the month 9:30 a.m.

 

Judge Christine Springer

Clerk Michele Townely

10 Elm Street, Trumansburg, NY 14886

607-387-5411

Regular Court Session – Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. 

A.D.A. – Ezra Sherman

Pre-trial Conference Day – 3d Thursday of the month 9:30 a.m.

 

- Selected Cortland County Courts

 

Town Court, Town of Cortlandville

Judge Mardis Kelsen

Chief Clerk Mary Caufield

3577 Terrace Road, Cortland, NY 13045

607-756-2352

Regular Court Session – Monday and Tuesday mornings (exact times vary)

A.D.A. – Bruce Fein

Pre-trial Conference Day – Varies

 

City Court, City of Cortland

Judge Thomas Meldrim

Judge Elizabeth Burns

Chief Clerk Catherine Maloney

25 Court Street, Cortland, NY 13045

607-753-1311

Regular Court Sessions – Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 9:30 a.m.

A.D.A. – David Hartnett

Pre-trial Conference Day – Varies, A.D.A. always present in regular court sessions

 

Town Court, Town of Harford

Judge Sharon Canfield

(no clerk)

P.O. Box 10, Harford, NY 13784

607-844-3982 (answering machine)

Regular Court Session – Tuesday 10am – 3 pm; 6pm – 8 pm, Thursday 10 am – 3 pm

A.D.A. – Wendy Franklin

Pre-trial Conference Day – Varies

 

Town Court, Town of Homer

Judge Karen Caminiti

Clerk Nancy Murphy

4 Water Street, Homer, New York 13077

607-749-2326

Regular Court Session – weekly on Mondays at 5 p.m.

A.D.A. – Eric Lee

Pre-trial Conference Day - Varies

 

- Selected Cayuga County Courts

 

Town Court, Town of Locke

Judge Philip Franklin

Clerk June Shepardson (Clerk Shepardson is also a Judge in the Town of Moravia)

Locke Town Hall, Route 38, Locke, NY 13092 (mailing address: P.O. Box 149, Locke)

315-497-2932

Regular Court Session – 1st and 3d Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m.

A.D.A. – Charles Thomas

Pre-trial Conference Day – 1st Wednesday of the month

 

Town Court, Town of Moravia

Village Court, Village of Moravia

Judge June Shepardson (Note – Judge Shepardson is a clerk of the Town Court, Town of Locke)

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139 Main Street, Moravia, NY 13118

315-497-0968

Regular Court Session – Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

A.D.A. –  Charles Thomas

Pre-trial Conference Day – Varies

 

Town Court, Town of Summerhill

Judge Sherry Davenport

(no clerk)

13606 State Route 90, Locke, NY 13092

315-497-3496

Regular Court Session – Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

A.D.A. – Charles Thomas

Pre-trial Conference Day - Varies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Groton, New York  13073

Main Office Phone: 607-898-3190

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