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New York State Courts
Westchester County

9th Judicial District
Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester Counties

Westchester Supreme Court
111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: (914) 824-5300/5400

Westchester County Court
111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: (914) 824-5300/5400

Westchester Family Court

    New Rochelle Family Court
    420 North Avenue
    New Rochelle, NY 10801
    Phone: (914) 831-6590

    White Plains Family Court
    111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
    White Plains, NY 10601
    (914) 824-5500

    Yonkers Family Court
    53 South Broadway
    Yonkers, NY 10701
    Phone: 914-831-6555
Surrogate's Courts
111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: (914) 824-5656

Westchester City Courts
    Mount Vernon City Court
    2 Roosevelt Square North
    Mount Vernon, NY 10550
    Phone: (914) 831-6440

    New Rochelle City Court
    475 North Avenue
    New Rochelle, NY 10801
    Phone: (914) 654-2207

    Peekskill City Court
    2 Nelson Avenue
    Peekskill, NY 10566
    Phone: (914) 831-6480

    Rye City Court
    21 McCullough Place
    Rye, NY 10580
    Phone: (914) 831-6400

    White Plains City Court
    77 South Lexington Avenue
    White Plains, NY 10601
    Phone: (914) 824-5675

    Yonkers City Court
    100 South Broadway
    Yonkers, NY 10701
    Phone: (914) 831-6450

New York Courts
Brief Description of New York Court of Appeals

The Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court, is composed of a Chief Judge and six Associate Judges, each appointed to a 14-year term. New York's highest appellate court was established to articulate statewide principles of law in the context of deciding particular lawsuits. The Court thus generally focuses on broad issues of law as distinguished from individual factual disputes. There is no jurisdictional limitation based upon the amount of money at stake in a case or the status or rank of the parties.

New York Courts
Brief Description of New York Upstate Courts
Supreme Court, County Court, City Court, Family Court, Surrogate Court
Court of Claims, Towns and Village Courts

Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has broad authority over all categories of cases, including civil and criminal matters. The court generally handles civil matters seeking monetary damages greater than $25,000. It also hears cases where a party seeks to enjoin or stop certain actions by another party. The Supreme Court is the only court with the authority to address matters related to the termination of a marriage, including separation, annulment and divorce. While the Supreme Court has authority to hear criminal matters involving felonies (offenses punishable by a term of imprisonment that exceeds one year) generally outside New York City these matters are heard in the County Court.

County Court
The County Court is located in each county outside New York City. It is authorized to handle the prosecution of all crimes committed within the county. It has exclusive authority to handle trials in felony matters and shares authority with the local city, and town and village courts to handle trials in misdemeanor cases offenses punishable by a term of imprisonment that exceeds 15 days but does not exceed one year) and other minor offenses and violations (offenses punishable by a term of imprisonment that is less than fifteen days). The County Court also has limited authority to hear civil cases involving monetary awards of $25,000 or less.

City Court
The City Court exists in every city in the State and has authority to hear both criminal and civil matters. On the criminal side, the City Court is responsible for all Penal Law and City Code misdemeanors and minor offenses committed within the court’s regional boundaries. It also handles arraignments and preliminary proceedings in felony matters. In addition, the City Court is responsible for Vehicle and Traffic Law misdemeanors. On the civil side, the City Court hears civil actions seeking monetary awards in amounts up to $15,000, small claims proceedings involving claims up to $5,000 and disputed parking tickets. The court also handles landlord/tenant matters.

Family Court
The Family Court hears and determines most legal issues involving children and families. There is a Family Court within each county of the State which is authorized to hear matters relating to:

    Custody, visitation and guardianship
    Monetary support for children, spouses and ex-spouses
    Adoption
    Paternity
    Abuse and neglect of children
    Violence among family members
    Children accused of committing crimes
    Children in need of supervision

The Family Court does not handle proceedings involving separation, annulment or divorce. These matters must be brought in the Supreme Court, which has exclusive authority over such issues.

Surrogate Court
The Surrogate’s Court exists in every county in the State and handles all matters relating to wills, estates and property of deceased persons. The Surrogate’s Court also shares authority with the Family Court to hear adoption proceedings.

Court of Claims
The Court of Claims handles all civil cases seeking monetary damages from New York State. It has locations statewide.

Town and Village Courts
Town and Village Courts are located in towns and villages throughout New York State and hear both criminal and civil matters. On the criminal side, these courts are authorized to handle the prosecution of misdemeanors and violations that are committed within the town or village’s geographic boundaries. Town and Village Courts also conduct arraignments and preliminary hearings in felony matters. In addition, these courts hear Vehicle and Traffic Law misdemeanors and traffic infractions. On the civil side, the Town and Village Courts hear actions seeking monetary awards up to $3,000 and small claims proceedings for awards up to $3,000. These courts also handle landlord/tenant matters.

Sourced from: www.courts.state.ny.us/courts/index.shtml




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