Nancy Quinn Koba, Justice
Michael L. Tawil, Justice
Mark Reisman, Justice

Court Clerks: Ann Carroll Malone, Maria Carbone

86 Spring Street
Ossining, NY 10562
phone (914) 762-8562
fax (914) 762-8304
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The Justice Court of the Town of Ossining has limited jurisdiction over Civil Actions and unlimited jurisdiction over Summary Proceedings (i.e. eviction of tenants and claims for rent incidental thereto) occurring within the Town, including its Unincorporated Area, the Village of Ossining, and that part of the Village of Briarcliff Manor (approximately 85% thereof) located within the Town of Ossining.

The Court has limited jurisdiction over felony criminal cases and unlimited jurisdiction of criminal and vehicle and traffic misdemeanors, violations, and infractions occurring within the Town of Ossining except for the Village of Briarcliff Manor.

pdf Request for Public Access to Ossining Town Court Records (253 KB)

Please visit the Traffic Violations Bureau for information on traffic and parking...

Court Hours and Schedules:

The office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
The walk-up window is open Monday-Friday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm.

Criminal Calendar: Tuesdays at 9:00 am.
Municipal Code Violations: Tuesdays at 2:00 pm.
Civil Cases and Summary Proceedings: Thursdays at 6:30 pm.
Vehicle and Traffic Calendar: Thursdays at 7:00 pm.
Small Claims Cases: the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm.
Parking Violations Calendar: 2nd Thursday of the month, and 1st & 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm.

 

Civil Jurisdiction:

Civil Cases:
The Town Court has jurisdiction over actions and proceedings for the recovery of money or property, provided that:

  • the plaintiff lives or works in Ossining, and the defendant lives or works in Westchester County, or
  • the defendant lives or works in Ossining, regardless of plaintiff's residence, and
  • the amount sought to be recovered does not exceed $3,000, with the exception of landlord/tenant matters where the monetary jurisdiction is unlimited.

Frequently Asked Questions for Civil Cases: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/townandvillage/faqs.shtml

Small Claims:
Small Claims are informal Court proceedings to recover money only for an amount not to exceed $3,000.00, provided that:

  • the action is filed in the jurisdiction where the defendant lives, works or, has a place of business, and
  • the plaintiff is an individual or sole proprietor over the age of 18 years.

pdf Download the Small Claims Application for Ossining Town Court (177 KB)

pdf Download the Small Claims Application - Spanish (95 KB)

For more detailed information on commencing a Small Claims proceeding, please consult the Small Claims Guide prepared by the New York State Unified Court System.
http://courts.state.ny.us/courts/townandvillage/pdfs/SmallClaimsHandbook.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions for Small Claims Actions: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/townandvillage/faqs.shtml

Landlord/Tenant Proceedings:
The Town Court has jurisdiction over landlord/tenant proceedings for non-payment of rent, evictions, holdovers, and to compel repairs.  The monetary jurisdiction is unlimited.

Frequently Asked Questions for Landlord/Tenant Proceedings: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/townandvillage/faqs.shtml

 

Criminal Jurisdiction:

Criminal Cases:
The Town Court has arraignment and preliminary jurisdiction over all felony criminal cases and full jurisdiction over all cases involving misdemeanors, violations and infractions. The Office of the Westchester County District Attorney prosecutes all criminal cases.

Frequently Asked Questions for Criminal Cases: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/townandvillage/faqs.shtml

Criminal Justice System Handbook: http://www.nycourts.gov/litigants/crimjusticesyshandbk.shtml

Family Offense Proceedings:
The Town Court has concurrent jurisdiction with Family Court over certain offenses committed between members of the same family or household (related by blood or marriage, former spouses or a common child) such as disorderly conduct, harassment, menacing, reckless endangerment and assault. The Office of the Westchester County District Attorney prosecutes family offenses.

Code Violations:
The Town Court has jurisdiction over various environmental/conservation violations, parking violations and violations of the Town General Code and the Village of Ossining General Code. The Deputy Town Attorney and the Deputy Village Attorney prosecute these cases.

Town of Ossining General Code: http://www.ecode360.com/OS0797

Village of Ossining General Code: http://www.ecode360.com/OS1500

Vehicle and Traffic Cases:
The Town Court has jurisdiction over vehicle and traffic cases charging the commission of a traffic infraction occurring in the unincorporated portion of the Town and in the Village of Ossining. Information regarding how to proceed with a traffic ticket may be found on the back of the ticket issued to the motorist. It is the obligation of the motorist to respond to the ticket. A guilty plea will result in a fine letter which will instruct the defendant on the procedure and amount of payment. A plea of not guilty will result in the scheduling of a trial. You will be notified of the trial date by mail. You must appear in Court on the date scheduled. Vehicle and traffic cases are prosecuted by the Deputy Town Attorney and the Deputy Village Attorney.

Frequently Asked Questions for Vehicle and Traffic Cases: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/townandvillage/faqs.shtml

 

Wedding Ceremonies:

Town Justices are authorized to perform wedding ceremonies throughout New York State. While a standard civil ceremony can be performed, the couple may make changes to the ceremony to fit their wishes. If you are interested in having a Town Justice perform a wedding, please email the Justice Court at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the date and time you would like a ceremony performed.

 

Filing Fees:

[Filing fees are set forth in Uniform Justice Court Act §1911]

Civil Cases:
Filing of first paper         $20
Demand for Jury Trial     $10
Notice of Appeal             $5

Small Claims:
[Uniform Justice Court Act §1803(a)]
Claims of $1,000 or less           $10
Claims of more than $1,000      $15

Fines:
The amount of the fine is generally left to the discretion of the Judge with certain parameters set by statute or ordinance.

Payments:
The Town Court does not accept personal checks. Payments for filing fees are to be made by cash, money order, certified or bank check, or attorney's check. All payments are made payable to: "Town of Ossining Justice Court."

Payments are accepted at the walk-up window Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Motorists can pay their tickets by cash (exact change required), money order, or credit card. Credit card payments will incur an additional 2.99% surcharge.


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Resources and Online Help

Town of Ossining General Code: http://www.ecode360.com/OS0797

Village of Ossining General Code: http://www.ecode360.com/OS1500

Glossary of Common Legal Terms: http://www.nycourts.gov/courthelp/GoingToCourt/glossary.shtml

pdf Download the Small Claims Application for Ossining Town Court (177 KB)

pdf Download the Small Claims Application - Spanish (95 KB)

Small Claims proceeding, please consult the Small Claims Guide prepared by the New York State Unified Court System.
http://nycourts.gov/courthelp//pdfs/SmallClaimsHandbook.pdf

Small Claims Actions: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/townandvillage/faqs.shtml

Landlord/Tenant Proceedings: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/townandvillage/faqs.shtml

Landlords Looking to Commence Actions: https://www.nycourts.gov/courts/6jd/townvillage/HoldSummProc.pdf

Criminal Cases: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/townandvillage/faqs.shtml

Criminal Justice System Handbook: http://www.nycourts.gov/litigants/crimjusticesyshandbk.shtml

Vehicle and Traffic Cases: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/townandvillage/faqs.shtml