6 Park Avenue, PO Box 21

Arkport, NY 14807

Town Court

Hon. Richard Scavo, Town Justice

Term Exp. 12/31/2023

Court is held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm

Excludes holidays.

Hon. Erik Werner, Town Justice

Term Exp. 12/31/2023

Court is held the 1st Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm

Excludes holidays.

Madeleine Seaman, Court Clerk

  

Phone: 607-295-8207

Fax: 607-295-0007

Email: hornellsvilletowncourt@nycourts.gov

Hours: By appointment

Fines/Pleas can also be placed in the gray drop box outside of the Court marked "Court Dropbox."

*** ALL COURT APPEARANCES, FINES AND QUESTIONS ARE HANDLED BY THE TOWN COURT

(located in the back of the Arkport Volunteer Fire Department building) 

NOT the Town Clerk's office ***

Types of Cases

  • Criminal, Traffic and Parking matters

  • Violations of Town & Village Ordinances, including dog matters

  • Civil, Evictions and Small Claims matters

Traffic Tickets, Infractions and Violations

There are three ways to answer a traffic ticket:

  • Guilty Plea by Mail (Section A of your ticket). Print your name and CURRENT ADDRESS, including zip code, date and sign. A fine and surcharge will be imposed by the Court and you will be notified by mail, with payment instructions.

  • Not Guilty by Mail (Section B of your ticket). Print your name and CURRENT ADDRESS, including zip code, date and sign.  A letter will be sent to you with your options for resolving the ticket and a new court date should the ticket still be unresolved.

  • Personal Appearance in Court You may appear in court on the date stated on the face of your ticket (located at the lower left corner of your ticket). with  At that time you will be arraigned and told of the options available to you.

Small Claims Court

Court Clerks CANNOT provide legal advice, however:

  • Town and Village Courts have jurisdiction over civil complaints for money damages up to $3,000.

  • Jurisdiction is based on where the defendant (person being sued) lives, works or has a place of business. Therefore, the person or business being sued must be located in the Town of Hornellsville. You must have an exact address as notice is by mail (PO Boxes do NOT work for small claims cases).

  • Corporations, partnerships, associations and assignees CANNOT bring an action in Small Claims Court but they CAN be sued in Small Claims Court.

  • Filing fees are $10 for claims up to $1,000 and $15 for claims over $1,000 to a maximum of $3,000. Fees can be paid by cash or money order.

  • You will need a brief description of your complaint and the clerks office will fill out the form, set a hearing date, and serve the defendant by mail. The burden of proof is on the plaintiff (person bringing the action) and you will need to present any evidence or witnesses at the hearing date.