Town Court

THIS WEBPAGE WILL CONTAIN THE MOST RECENT UPDATES REGARDING COURT OPERATIONS. (MOST RECENTLY UPDATED 03/02/2021)

THE TOWN HALL IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE COURT OFFICE WILL REMAIN OPEN VIA TELEPHONE DURING THE HOURS NOTED BELOW.  YOU MAY UTILIZE THE LOCKED DROP BOX LOCATED AT THE REAR OF THE BUILDING TO MAKE PAYMENTS OR RETURN TRAFFIC PLEAS. SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION REGARDING CIVIL FILINGS.

THE COURT OFFICE IS OPEN BY TELEPHONE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9:00 AM. AND 3:00 P.M.  THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED EVERY DAY FROM 12:00 TO 12:30 P.M.

PLEASE NOTE THAT PREVIOUSLY MANDATED RESTRICTIONS ON COURT APPEARANCES ARE BEING LIFTED THEREFORE, IN-PERSON MATTERS ARE BEING SCHEDULED. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING A COURT APPEARANCE YOU SHOULD CALL THE COURT OFFICE TO SPEAK WITH A COURT CLERK. SEE BELOW FOR MORE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS.

CRIMINAL MATTERS:

CRIMINAL MATTERS ARE BEING SCHEDULED FOR IN-PERSON APPEARANCES. IF YOU RECEIVED AN APPEARANCE TICKET AND ARE UNSURE OF WHEN YOU SHOULD APPEAR, CALL THE COURT OFFICE TO SPEAK WITH A COURT CLERK. IF YOU NEED TO UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION SUCH AS ADDRESS OR TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR NOTIFICATION PURPOSES, CALL THE COURT OFFICE AND SPEAK WITH A COURT CLERK. IF YOU HAVE AN UPCOMING CRIMINAL MATTER AND REQUIRE THE SERVICES OF THE GREENE COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER YOU MAY CONTACT THEM AT 518-719-3220 OR ACCESS THEIR WEBPAGE AT  https://www.greenegovernment.com/departments/public-defender

CIVIL MATTERS:

AS NOTED ABOVE, THE TOWN HALL REMAINS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. NO APPOINTMENTS MAY BE MADE ON BEHALF OF THE COURT THEREFORE, FILINGS ALONG WITH FILING FEES IN THE FORM OF EXACT CASH OR MONEY ORDER MAY BE LEFT IN THE LOCKED DROP BOX LOCATED AT THE REAR OF THE BUILDING TO THE LEFT OF THE DOUBLE DOORS OR SENT BY MAIL.  THIS INCLUDES SUMMARY PROCEEDINGS AND SMALL CLAIMS MATTERS.  BE SURE THERE IS AN ADDRESS INCLUDED WITH SUMMARY PROCEEDING FILINGS, AS YOUR SIGNED PETITION WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU VIA MAIL. YOU MAY CALL THE COURT OFFICE DURING THE HOURS LISTED ABOVE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS, KEEPING IN MIND THAT COURT STAFF MAY NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE OR ASSISTANCE WITH FILING PROCEDURES OTHER THAN HOW TO ACCESS THE COURT.  IF THE COURT RECEIVES ANY FILINGS WITH A PERSONAL OR BUSINESS CHECK IT WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU – ONLY EXACT CASH OR MONEY ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  THERE IS ALSO A CREDIT CARD WAIVER ON THIS WEBPAGE THAT MAY BE FILLED OUT AND INCLUDED WITH YOUR FILING, SHOULD YOU WISH TO UTILIZE A CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD FOR PAYMENT.

UNIFORM TRAFFIC TICKETS:

IF YOU RECEIVED A SUMMONS FOR A TRAFFIC INFRACTION FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE SUMMONS, ENTER A PLEA OF GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY AND MAIL THE SUMMONS TO THE ADDRESS LISTED ON THE SUMMONS.  IF YOU WISH TO ENTER YOUR PLEA IN PERSON, YOU MAY DO SO BY UTILIZING THE LOCKED DROP BOX FOR COURT DOCUMENTS AT THE REAR OF THE COURT BUILDING LOCATED AT 512 MAIN STREET, CAIRO.

IF YOU ENTER A PLEA OF GUILTY YOU WILL RECEIVE A FINE NOTICE FROM THE COURT BY MAIL.  IF YOU ENTER A PLEA OF NOT GUILTY YOU WILL RECEIVE A PLEA OFFER FROM THE PROSECUTOR BY MAIL. PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU SUPPLY THE COURT WITH YOUR CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS.

SOME PAYMENTS MAY BE MADE ONLINE AT PAYCOURTONLINE.COM

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ONLINE PAYMENT SERVICE CANNOT ACCEPT PARTIAL PAYMENTS; YOU MAY ONLY PAY A FULL BALANCE.  ANY PARTIAL PAYMENTS MAY BE MADE BY MAILING A MONEY ORDER TO THE TOWN COURT AT: PO BOX 755, CAIRO, NEW YORK, 12413. INCLUDE A SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE IF YOU WANT A RECEIPT SENT BACK TO YOU.  YOU MAY ALSO MAKE A PAYMENT IN PERSON AT THE COURT OFFICE UTILIZING THE LOCKED DROP BOX FOR COURT DOCUMENTS AT THE REAR OF THE COURT BUILIDING LOCATED AT 512 MAIN STREET, CAIRO.  NO PERSONAL OR BUSINESS CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. 

*AS OF OCTOBER 6, 2020 NOT ALL PAYMENTS MAY BE MADE THROUGH THE ONLINE SYSTEM. PLEASE REFER TO THE FINE NOTICE YOU RECEIVED FROM THE COURT FOR PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS OR CALL THE COURT OFFICE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

 

 

Justice Court is in session on Tuesdays  
Court office is closed on all Federal Holidays

Location: Cairo Town Hall

Physical Address:  512 Main St., Cairo, New York   12413

Mailing Address:   PO Box 755, Cairo, NY   12413

Phone:  518-622-3388  extension 251

Fax:  518-622-0172

TOWN JUSTICES

Honorable Tanja Sirago, Cairo Town Court Justice
Honorable Wanda Dorpfeld, Cairo Town Court Acting Justice

COURT CLERKS

Joan, Senior Court Clerk
Kathleen, Deputy Court Clerk

** IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING SUMMARY PROCEEDING FILINGS **

EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019 NEW YORK STATE MADE CHANGES TO THE REAL PROPERTY ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS LAWS THAT SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT THE CONDUCT OF SUMMARY PROCEEDINGS AS PART OF THE GOVERNOR’S HOUSING STABILITY ACT AND TENANT PROTECTION ACT OF 2019. THE COURT CANNOT PROVIDE LEGAL ASSISTANCE THEREFORE, YOU SHOULD CONTACT AN ATTORNEY TO ASSIST YOU WITH THE UPDATED LAWS.  NEW YORK STATE PROVIDES A FREE DIY PROGRAM FOR DRAFTING AND GENERATING DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE FILING OF SUMMARY PROCEEDINGS WHICH MAY BE ACCESSED AT  http://www.nycourthelp.gov

Email: CairoTownCourt@nycourts.gov

* Please note the above e-mail address is not regularly monitored, and may not be utilized for purposes of adjournment requests or requests for information.  You must call the court office during regular business hours and speak with a court clerk.

* Town Justices are available to perform marriage ceremonies on an appointment basis. Please contact the court office for more information.  You may also consult the Town Clerk’s webpage on this website for information with regard to the requirements for applying for a marriage license or refer to the New York State Department of Health website at:    https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/4210

* No court filings will be accepted and/or processed during court sessions – no exceptions. Court filings will only be accepted at the court office during normal business hours.

TOWN COURT DISCLAIMER NOTICE

COURT PERSONNEL ARE NOT ATTORNEYS AND CANNOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE

In regards to Small Claims matters, the Court will provide you with information. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO OTHER CIVIL MATTERS. If you are not knowledgeable in the correct procedures involved in the proper filing and defense of Civil Matters, including Summary Proceedings and Evictions, it is suggested that you contact an attorney for assistance. Court personnel are prohibited by law from providing legal advice and/or assisting in the completion and filing of legal forms as well as instructing litigants how to proceed.

We are not a legal service and cannot advise you. In the best interest of all parties involved, please do not insist that we do. 

Types of Cases Handled:
NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) infraction, misdemeanor and preliminary felony proceedings, NYS Penal Law (PL) violations, misdemeanors and preliminary felony proceedings, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (EnCon) offenses, NYS Transportation Law offenses, NYS Agriculture and Markets Law offenses, Town of Cairo Local Law offenses as well as Small Claims and Summary Proceedings/Eviction matters.

Prosecutors:
The Greene County District Attorney’s Office prosecutes felony and misdemeanor offenses, Agriculture and Markets Law offenses as well as traffic summonses issued by the New York State Police.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department, Cairo Police Department and Department of Environmental Conservation Police prosecute infraction tickets issued by each department, however the District Attorney has discretion with regard to the prosecution of these matters on a case by case basis.

The Cairo Town Attorney prosecutes all Town Ordinance and Local Law violations and misdemeanors.

Comments:
All individuals in attendance for court sessions, including spectators, will be subject to a search of their belongings as well as magnetometer (metal detector) scanning prior to entering the courtroom by court security personnel. NO cell phones or electronic devices are allowed in the court room.

All proceedings are electronically recorded at the bench, therefore all other conversations in the courtroom are prohibited. This policy is strictly enforced. Court personnel may ask any person causing a disruption to exit the courtroom at the Judge’s direction and/or his or her discretion.

* No court filings will be accepted and/or processed during court sessions – no exceptions. Court filings will only be accepted at the court office during normal business hours.

Did you know facts.

Did you know...

The 1920s ushered in the heyday of Boarding House Resorts in Greene County valley towns. A week or two stay at a transformed farm-house, bountiful meals, and scenic splendor lured thousands of city dwellers to the area for rest, relaxation, and family fun. Visitors often chose where to stay by the ethnic flavor of the house cuisine – which was always delicious. Notable house specialties included: German staples like Sauerbraten, Schnitzel and Strudel; Italian Antipasti, Lasagna and Parmesans; New York Style Steaks & Chops, and; Full Irish Breakfasts.