Town Court

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE THE COURT OFFICE WILL BE OPEN ON TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9:00 AM. AND 3:00 P.M.  ALL COURT APPEARANCES HAVE BEEN ADMINISTRATIVELY ADJOURNED. IF YOU HAVE A SCHEDULED COURT DATE YOU WILL RECEIVE NOTIFICATION FROM THE COURT. IF YOU HAVE AN ATTORNEY, YOUR ATTORNEY WILL BE NOTIFIED DIRECTLY. 

CIVIL MATTERS:

NO NEW SUMMARY PROCEEDING FILINGS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. SMALL CLAIMS MATTERS MAY BE FILED BY MAIL AND WILL BE FORWARDED TO AN ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROVIDER, AND ASSIGNED A COURT DATE AT A LATER DATE, IF NECESSARY.  ANY CIVIL MATTER PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED WILL BE ADJOURNED AND THE PARTIES WILL BE NOTIFIED TO THE BEST OF THE COURT’S ABILITY.

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 ENTER A PLEA OF GUILTY YOU WILL RECEIVE A FINE NOTICE FROM THE COURT. IF YOU ENTER A PLEA OF NOT GUILTY YOU WILL RECEIVE A PLEA OFFER FROM THE PROSECUTOR BY MAIL.

*PLEASE NOTE:  IF YOU HAVE OR HAD A SCHEDULED COURT APPEARANCE FOR A TRAFFIC, CRIMINAL OR CIVIL MATTER AND COULD NOT APPEAR DUE TO THE CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU WILL NOT BE PENALIZED FOR YOUR NON-APPEARANCE. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED BY THE COURT OR YOUR ATTORNEY OF A FUTURE COURT DATE.

PAYMENTS CAN 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 DURING THE HOURS NOTED ABOVE.  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
Honorable Leland E. Miller

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...

Cairo is home to the oldest geologic site in the world, with evidence of a prehistoric forest dating back roughly 387 million years. In 2012, an archaeological dig at a stone quarry on town property discovered the remains of some of the earliest trees to evolve.  These Devonian period fossil root systems form the footprint of an ancient stand of trees belonging to the world’s oldest known forest. Evidence of an extinct, palm-like tree named cladoxylopsid was discovered, as well as conifer relative (archaeopteris) that may be the missing link between trees that reproduce with spores (like ferns) and the seed bearing trees we know today.

(Photo from: Claude Haton.)