Town Court

THIS WEBPAGE WILL CONTAIN THE MOST RECENT UPDATES REGARDING COURT OPERATIONS. (MOST RECENTLY UPDATED 04/09/2021)

THE COURT OFFICE IS OPEN 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.

Court sessions are held on Tuesdays only.  You may still enter the building to make payments and return pleas on these days during court sessions however, no civil filings will be accepted during court sessions. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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 INCLUDING SMALL CLAIMS AND SUMMARY PROCEEDINGS

You may call the court office during the hours listed above for information and instructions regarding the filing of civil matters, keeping in mind that court staff may not give legal advice or assistance with filing procedures other than how to access the Court. Please note that no personal or business checks will be accepted for civil filings.

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 a plea in person, you may do so during the office hours listed above or by utilizing the locked drop box for Court Documents Only 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 Greene County District Attorney’s Office by mail. No in-person appearances for traffic tickets are being scheduled.  Please be sure that you supply the Court with your current mailing address. Failure to enter a plea on a traffic ticket may result in suspension of your New York State driving privileges by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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 during the office hours listed above or by mailing a money order made payable to the Cairo Town Court and sent to 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 during off hours by utilizing the locked drop box for Court Documents Only at the rear of the court building located at 512 Main Street, Cairo.  Any payments sent to the Court, either through the mail or utilizing the locked drop box, must include identifying information such as date of birth or case number.  NO PERSONAL OR BUSINESS CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. 

 

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 Leland Miller, Cairo Town Court Justice

COURT CLERKS

Joan, Senior Court Clerk
Kathleen, Deputy Court Clerk

** IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING SUMMARY PROCEEDING FILINGS **

THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY EVICTION AND FORECLOSURE PREVENTION ACT OF 2020 HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE MANNER IN WHICH SUMMARY PROCEEDINGS MAY BE FILED AND CONDUCTED. COURT STAFF MAY NOT ACCEPT ANY FILING THAT DOES NOT CONFORM WITH THE MANDATES SET FORTH BY NEW YORK STATE. COURT STAFF ARE PROHIBITED FROM GIVING LEGAL ADVICE TO ANY PARTY THEREFORE, ANY PARTY SEEKING TO FILE A SUMMARY PROCEEDING MUST BE EDUCATED ON THE PROPER PROCEDURE BEFORE UNDERTAKING THE FILING OF A MATTER. IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE YOU SHOULD CONTACT AN ATTORNEY TO ASSIST YOU. ADDITIONALLY, NEW YORK STATE PROVIDES A FREE DIY PROGRAM FOR DRAFTING AND GENERATING DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE FILING OF SUMMARY PROCCEDINGS WHICH MAY BE ACCESSED AT http://nycourthelp.gov

Email: CairoTownCourt@nycourts.gov

* Please note the above e-mail address 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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

At this time only ten individuals may be present in the courtroom at any one time therefore, the Court is utilizing an automatic notification system that will contact via text message any individual who has business with the court on a specific date. The court officer at the point of entry will be able to provide persons with business with the court access to a scannable QR code that can be utilized for this procedure. Any individual who cannot utilize this system will be asked to wait in another area until they are permitted to enter the courtroom.

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. Any person who, due to a medical condition, cannot be subjected to the magnetometer should inform the court officer at the point of entry.  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...

Cairo was home to some of the first Ski Slopes in Greene County, pre-dating the mountain runs of Hunter & Windham.   Rope tows provided skiers with a ride to the highest points, and the downhill trails were significantly less challenging than those today. These somewhat humble facilities were set up to provide outdoor activities that would draw guests to Boarding Houses in winter months. Their popularity validated and inspired the development of the modern Ski Resorts in the Great Northern Catskill Mountains.