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  • Town Justice

  • Hon. Frederick G. Gorss
    Hon. Raynard A. Ozman
  • phone icon (845) 457-2620, Option 4
  • fax icon (845) 457-6075
  • email icon Email
  • home icon 110 Bracken Road
  •       Montgomery, NY 12549

 

  • Court Clerk

  • Paula Balogh
    Elizabeth (Elissa) Valk

 

 

Update!  Effective Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the Court will begin the process of reopening our offices to the public. All persons entering Town Hall must wear a face mask, observe social distancing and consent to having their temperature read by non-invasive scanner. Those who do not comply with these requirements, or who have a fever or visibly ill, will be denied entry to Town Hall. Temperature screening of all visitors and face coverings or masks will be required. The safety of our employees and our visitors is of the utmost concern. We encourage anyone who can still conduct business via phone, fax, email, mail, or drop box to continue to do so. The Court will be open to the public from 9am-2pm Monday through Thursday and Friday 9am-11am. Social distancing will be in effect with specific waiting areas for each office. We ask for everyone’s cooperation with this reopening and to follow the directions of the town employees.

NOTICE TO ALL LITIGANTS

NOTICE TO ALL LITIGANTS 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.  SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, YOU MAY CONTACT THE OFFICE MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY BETWEEN 9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM AND FRIDAY 9:00 AM TO 11:00AM.

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.

As evening court will not be in session, those entering a plea may submit same in writing via mail or drop box at main entrance to Town Hall.  A letter will be sent by first class mail with a follow-up.  It is your responsibility to notify the Court if you have a change of address.  Information regarding how to proceed with a traffic ticket and updating your address may be found on the ticket issued to the motorist.

Located at:  110 Bracken Road, Montgomery, NY 12549

Directions:  From I-84, 4 min (1.0 miles) - Exit No. 28 (formerly exit 5) - Right to NY-208 N - Head north on NY-208 N - Slight right onto Bracken Rd - Town Hall is on left

Office Hours:  Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Except Holidays)

For payment information, please see below. 

About the Justice Court:

Justice Court has preliminary jurisdiction over felony cases and exclusive jurisdiction over misdemeanor cases, pending divestiture to the County Court. Small claims and civil cases up to $3,000.00 are also handled in Justice Court.

Court Staff are happy to help and can answer questions concerning the Court’s procedures, but who are not permitted to give legal advice.

Vehicle and Traffic:
Cases charging the commission of a traffic infraction are filed in the Town of Montgomery Justice Court if the alleged offense took place in our Town.  Information regarding how to proceed with a traffic ticket and updating your address may be found on the ticket issued to the motorist.  It is the obligation of the motorist to respond to the ticket.  After the court receives notification that a defendant is pleading not guilty, the office of the Court Clerk will schedule a court date.   A plea of guilty will result in a fine letter, which will instruct the defendant on procedure and amount of payment.

Regular Court sessions take place in the evenings each month as needed for traffic trials or other Court proceedings at the Judge’s discretion.

All Courtroom proceedings are recorded.  No Weapons. Proper attire is Required.  No Cell phones and Electronic devices.  Please leave them at home or in your vehicle.  No Photography or Recording Allowed. Photography and/or recording of proceedings are allowed upon written prior approval from the Justice Court Judge.

Small Claims:
The Court also hears small claims cases when the Defendant resides in, is employed in, or has a place of business within the Town for money damages only, not the return of personal property.  The civil jurisdiction of the Court is limited to claims up to the sum of $3,000.00.

Generally, corporations, partnerships, associations or assignees cannot sue in Small Claims Court.  These claims must be filed in a Commercial Claims Court.  (City Courts:  i.e.: Middletown, Newburgh or Port Jervis).

In a Town or Village Court, if your claim is $1,000 or less, you will be required to pay a $10 filing fee.  If your claim is for more than $1,000, you will be required to pay a $15 filing fee. 

To obtain an application, please visit or contact the Court. A booklet explaining Small Claims Procedures will be provided when the claim is filed.  You may also download a copy of "A Guide to Small Claims Court in the NYS City, Town And Village Courts"

While you do not need a lawyer in small claims cases, you may retain an attorney if you so desire.

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) please visit NYS Unified Court System website.

Jury Duty

Jury trials are scheduled about once a month.  Jurors are selected from a pool of citizens throughout Orange County.

Notification and Appearance

When a jury is required, the court will send out a jury notification summons to those that have been selected about two weeks before the hearing.  Those selected are instructed to call the court the day before the jury trial to listen to a recording to see if they still need to appear. The number to call is 457-4277.

To Be Excused

If you need to be excused from jury duty, only the Judge can excuse you.  To request to be excused, send a letter to the court along with proof of why you cannot attend (e.g. doctor appointment, flight itinerary, etc) so the Judge can review it.

Qualification

For information on the qualification process you can visit: nyjuror.gov 

Justice Court Payment Options

Payment options:
Payment must be in U.S. currency with the exact amount only. The Town of Montgomery Justice Court accepts Cash, Certified Checks or Money Orders and Visa/MasterCard as forms of payment. If you choose to utilize a Visa Card or MasterCard a 2.99% processing fee is applied for their use.

Notice of Credit Card Service Fee:  A service fee of 2.99% of the payment amount will be assessed on all credit card transactions.  Note that neither the municipality nor the court receives any portion of the service fee.

If you use a credit card, there will be two transaction receipts generated, one for the court fine and one for the service fee.  The cardholder must sign both receipts in order for the payment to be processed.

  • No Debit Cards, Personal Checks or Business Checks are accepted
  • No phone or online services are available.

Please address mail and payments to Montgomery Town Court, 110 Bracken Road, Montgomery, NY 12549

Location

Montgomery Town Hall

110 Bracken Road
Montgomery, NY 12549
P: 845-457-2660
F: 845-457-2613




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