Town Courts

 

JUSTICE COURT

Presiding Justice:  Ambrose P. Madden             Court Clerk:  Maureen A. Roberts

Mailing Address:  44 Park Street, Port Crane, NY 13833

Email: tfenton-justice@stny.rr.com

Phone: 607-648-4800 Ext. 108
Fax: 607-648-4366 

Directions:

From Binghamton/Endicott/Owego area heading east:

Take I-88 E/ NY Route 7; take Exit 3, left on Route 369 at traffic light, turn right onto Park Street (directly past Lindsey’s Lawn Care).  Town Hall is located at the end of Park Street.  Entrance is through the main double doors.

From Harpursville/Albany area heading west:

Take I-88 W; take Exit 3, turn left on Route 369, pass under underpass and take immediate left on Park Street.

Town Hall is located at the end of Park Street.  Entrance is through the main double doors.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

When are the Court Sessions held? 

Court is in session on Thursday commencing at 9:00am.  The first Wednesday of every month is set aside for scheduled pre trials (misdemeanors) and non-jury trials (violations). Please see additional information under evictions and small claims proceedings.

What are your office hours? 

Monday - Friday    8:00am – 1:00 pm*

*Office hours are often extended.  You may leave a telephone message at any time.  If no one is in the justice office at the time of your call, you may leave a message and your call will be returned.  Messages are checked on a daily basis.  A locked drop box is located to the left of the justice office.  You may leave a plea or payment.  If you wish to be provided with a receipt, you must leave a self addressed stamped envelope.  The drop box may also be accessed at the outside rear of the building.

How do I file a small claim and how much is the filing fee? 

Small Claims can be filed with the Court Clerk.   The party you are filing against must live, work or have a place of business in the Town of Fenton and receive their mail in the Town of Fenton. You must provide the court with an exact mailing address. Post office boxes are not acceptable.  The maximum amount to claim is $3000.00.  If the amount exceeds $3,000.00 you may file in city court.  For claims up to $1000.00, the filing fee is $10.00.  For claims over $1000.00 the filing fee is $15.00.  It is recommended that you call ahead to make an appointment to file the paperwork.  For more information you may pick up a booklet on small claims at the court office.

 

Is there an alternative to filing a Small Claim?

Yes.  You can contact ACCORD (A Center for Dispute Resolution, Inc.).  This is a mediator service, which is free.    In Broome County you can call 607-724-5153.  Email at accord@stny.rr.com In Tioga County call 607-687-8222. Email at tcaccord@pronetisp.net.

You may also view the New York State Guide to Small Claims Court by clicking on the link below:

http://tenant.net/Court/Howcourt/sclaim.html

Eviction Proceedings 

Evictions are heard on Thursday mornings. Please call the court to confirm specific date and time.  The filing fee is $20.00.

Eviction Instructions (PDF)

Additional Resources:  www.nycourthelp.gov
                                   www.courts.state.ny.us/courts/8jd/pdfs/L&T/holdover/HoldoverFormsPacket.pdf

                                   www.nycourts.gov/courts/8jd/pdfs/L&T/nonpay/NonPaymentManual.pdf

 

How do I answer my traffic ticket? 

It is the obligation of the receiving motorist to respond to the ticket.  Upon receiving the charge(s) you must either appear on the date listed on the bottom of the ticket or you may sign the ticket according to the written instructions, indicating your plea of either guilty or not guilty and mail it to the court.   Upon a plea of guilty, a fine and surcharge will be assessed and you will be notified by mail of the amount due.  Upon a plea of not guilty, you will be sent further information on how to proceed.    IF THE CHARGE IS A MISDEMEANOR, YOU MUST APPEAR IN PERSON ON THE DATE AND TIME LISTED AND ENTER YOUR PLEA IN FRONT OF THE JUDGE.  A supporting deposition or more detailed account of the incident may be requested if you did not receive one when the ticket(s) were issued.

Note:  Be sure to review ALL information printed on your ticket(s).  To plead guilty, complete and sign Part A of your ticket; to plead not guilty, complete and sign Part B of your ticket.

I'd like to speak with someone regarding a reduction or plea bargain.

If you are charged with a traffic violation and before any plea bargains are accepted, you must first enter a plea of not guilty by appearing for arraignment before the judge or by completing Part B on the traffic ticket(s) you were issued.  You may mail or drop the signed ticket(s) to the court office.  Once a plea of not guilty has been entered with the court, you would receive further information with regard to plea bargaining.

What if I missed a court date?

Call the court or your attorney immediately.  You may be subject to a license suspension or a warrant could be issued for your arrest.

How do I contact New York State DMV?

1-800-CALLDMV - available within NY State  

1-518-474-0774

www.dmv.ny.gov

My license is suspended or is going to be suspended.  What do I do?

Depending on the reason for your suspension, you must either pay the fine/surcharge due or appear in court.  If your license is suspended, and the effective date is July 5, 2009 or before, you will be required to pay a Suspension Termination Fee of $35.00 per suspension.  Suspensions that go into effect on or after July 6, 2009, suspended drivers must pay $70.00. The Notice of Suspension from NYS DMV will give further information regarding this fee, or you can go to their website www.dmv.ny.gov Submit your identified payment as outlined in the next question along with a self-addressed stamped envelope.  Send the Notice of License Suspension Order for endorsement.   Call the court clerk if you do not know the total amount due or for information on scheduling a new court date.

What is the Driver's Responsibility Act (DRA) and do I have to pay that fee?

Go to NYS Department of Motor Vehicles' website www.dmv.ny.gov for a clearer explanation of that fee.  Or call 518-402-2851.  Yes, you must pay that according to the instructions you received or outlined on that site.  It is a separate fee imposed by NYSDMV and is apart from the fine/surcharge you must pay to the court.

How do I make a payment?

Payments may be made by US Postal Service, in person or by leaving it in the Town of Fenton Court locked drop box.  Cash, money order, or a certified bank check made payable to the Town of Fenton Court are accepted.  Be sure to include a case number, ticket number, or name for proper posting.  Include a self-addressed stamp envelope with your payment if you desire a receipt.  Credit card payments are also accepted using VISA or Mastercard - Call the court during normal business hours for instructions.

I lost my fine notice; how can I pay by credit card now?

You can print out the form by clicking below.  Be sure you verify the amount due by calling and speaking with the court clerk.  If your license is suspended, you may also owe the Suspension Termination Fee and verification by the court clerk will ascertain the total amount due.  Credit card authorization payments with the incorrect amount will NOT be processed.

Credit Card Authorization

Send to the address listed on the top of this page, or you may fax the form if you wish.  If you want your receipt, send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your payment.

 

Broome County District Attorney’s Office

If you wish to contact the District Attorney’s Office they may be reached by mail:

Broome County District Attorney’s Office
Post Office Box 1766  45 Hawley Street, 4th Floor
Binghamton, NY 13902

Or by phone:  607-778-2198

Do I need a lawyer to appear in court with me?

Although you are not required to have an attorney it is not recommended that you proceed to trial without the aid of counsel.  

How do I obtain representation by the Public Defender?

Call the Broome County Public Defender’s Office at 607-778-2403 for further questions or to make an appointment for a qualifying interview.  You are required to notify the court of your scheduled appointment. 

Office is located at:  45 Hawley Street, 6th Floor, Binghamton, NY

 

 

Town of Fenton Justice Court

In 2009, Town of Fenton Court adjudicated 1947 cases in our local court.  We have been kept very busy and thank all the town residents for all their cooperation.  Thanks to all the residents who license their dogs.  Please update any town records as soon as possible if your ownership of your dog changes at any time.  This can be done by a visit to the Town Clerk’s Office.

In 2010, we will be attending our regular annual training and updates along with other elective credits in order to maintain our certifications.  Regular attendance at monthly meetings, quarterly training seminars, NYS Annual training, for both the judge and clerk.  These training usually are attended outside regular business hours.

We have received our JCAP Award from NYS.  In 2010 we have secured a small award for some minor improvements to our court offices.  We continually and annually apply for these grants to improve our court operations and save the residents tax dollars.

Recently, some town residents were again asked to report for jury duty.  A BIG THANK YOU FOR DOING SO.   There is no higher privilege of serving your community or country other than serving in the armed forces.  With adjudication of charges, the defendant has the right to a trial.  Whether the defendant opts to plead to the charges, plead to reduced charges or settle during litigation, they have the right to do so at any time before a verdict.  While we recognize jury service interrupts your personal and business lives, it is also a unique privilege we enjoy as citizens.  Jury service is an important civic responsibility and opportunity to participate in the American Justice System

Hon. Ambrose P. Madden

Maureen Roberts, Clerk

Town of Fenton Court Hours:

Office Hours:   Mon. - Fri.    8 to 1:00 pm

Court: Thurs. 9 a.m.

 

Assist. District Attorney:   First Wed. Of Month

Jury Trials: scheduled as needed.

 

Town of Fenton Court Drop Box located at end of hall with outside access located at rear of building.