Town of Kirkwood Court
Hours of Operation:
Town Justice Ward E. Coe
Town Justice Jeffrey Hawkes
The Town Court plays a vital role in the protection of our safety and our rights as residents of the Town of Kirkwood. Every town has a Court, which handles civil and criminal matters.
Any criminal act, which occurs in this town, is initially under the jurisdiction of our Town Court. After the arrest occurs, the individual is brought to court for arraignment. The arraignment is the time when a plea of guilty or not guilty is entered to the charge, and if necessary, bail is set. Arraignment times for both Criminal and Vehicle and Traffic charges are Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Bail is an amount of money, which a person has to pay to insure a defendant’s appearance in court, pending disposition of the criminal matter.
Pre-Trials and Trials are set for the first and third Wednesday of every month. The defendant is to appear during these times with their attorney, if they desire one. By that date, the Broome County District Attorney’s Office will then attempt to resolve any discrepancies in the case and negotiate a plea or set the matter for trial. The District Attorney’s Office has an assistant in each of the individual Town Courts to handle Vehicle and Traffic as well as Criminal matters. On the Pre-Trial dates, defendants appear to discuss the case with the Assistant District Attorney.
The court will also hear matters concerning landlords and tenants such as eviction proceedings, rent due or abandonment of the property. Any violations of the Kirkwood Town Code, such as zoning, the noise ordinance, property maintenance, etc. will also be heard in the court.
Our Town Court also handles Small Claims Court actions. Only an individual may bring an action in Small Claims Court up to a monetary limit of $3,000 against any person or corporation who owes money if that person or corporations lives, has an office for the transactions of business, or works within the town.
NO PERSONAL CHECK ACCEPTED
*Small claims court is also available by request
If you receive a summons to be a juror you should contact the Broome County Commissioner of Jurors (778-2159), or Town of Kirkwood Court (775-2653) for further information.
If you receive a summons to be a witness you should contact the Broome County District Attorney’s Office (778-2198 or 778-2423) for further information.
You have the option of pleading by mail, by following the directions on the back of the ticket, or appearing in Town Court on the date that is noted on the bottom front of the ticket.
Town Justices can perform Weddings by appointment, please call the court ahead of time. For further information log onto http://www.court.state.ny.us/.
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