Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

New York State courts are open and offering limited in-person assistance for health and safety reasons.

Some courts are holding virtual hearings by video or phone. If your case is going to be heard virtually, the court will contact you to let you know.

For the most up-to-date information on court operations, check the Civil Court website.

For visitor screening and safety rules and other COVID-19 information, visit the NYCOURTS website. You can also call the Coronavirus Hotline at (833) 503-0447.

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Small Claims Court helps individuals or corporations resolve disputes when the amount of the claim is $10,000 or less. All defendants must have an address in New York City.

Learn about case types handled by Small Claims Court.

Get Small Claims Court information, including locations and hours of operation.

Judgment Collection and Orders of Seizure

If you were awarded a judgment by NYC Small Claims Court, but have not been paid after 30 days, you can ask the Department of Finance (DOF) Sheriff’s Office to help collect the funds that are owed to you. The Sheriff can also carry out Orders of Seizure to collect funds or property.

When judgments are "executed" by the Sheriff, the defendant will be charged additional fees and must pay them along with the original debt.

The Sheriff will not collect judgments from a Small Claims Court outside New York City unless it was docketed in the New York State Supreme Court.

Learn more about the DOF Sheriff's Office.

  • Agency: New York Courts
  • Division: Bronx Small Claims Court
  • Address: 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY, 10451
  • Phone Number: (718) 618-2517
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • Agency: New York Courts
  • Division: Brooklyn Small Claims Court
  • Address: 141 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201
  • Phone Number: (347) 404-9021
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • Agency: New York Courts
  • Division: Manhattan Small Claims Court
  • Address: 111 Centre Street, New York, NY, 10013
  • Phone Number: (646) 386-5484
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • Agency: New York Courts
  • Division: Queens Small Claims Court
  • Address: 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY, 11435
  • Phone Number: (718) 262-7123
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • Agency: New York Courts
  • Division: Staten Island Small Claims Court
  • Address: 927 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY, 10310
  • Phone Number: (718) 675-8460
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

NYC Civil Court launched an online dispute resolution (ODR) pilot program in Manhattan Civil Court for eligible small claims matters. The pilot is designed to help parties file, negotiate, and settle cases online without physically appearing in court.

ODR also:

  • Helps parties resolve disputes quickly
  • Provides guided assistance throughout the small claims process
  • Offers greater flexibility and convenience
  • Protects health and safety of by minimizing courthouse traffic during the pandemic

Eligibility

You may be eligible for ODR if:

  • The dispute is related to the purchase or sale of goods or services
  • The amount of the claim is $10,000 or less
  • The case is filed in the Small Claims Part of the Manhattan Civil Court
  • Both parties are not represented by an attorney

How it Works

You can file a case online with the online dispute resolution platform. Court staff will screen for eligibility, and if the case is accepted, you will have the opportunity to negotiate a settlement, get free mediation services, and resolve the case online before a virtual court hearing.

If you file in person, your case will also be screened for eligibility. If eligible, parties will be referred to register their case on the ODR website. If you're not comfortable with technology or have accessibility or language concerns, you can opt out.

Learn more and file a case with the online dispute resolution platform.

Courts are closed on the following holidays in 2021:​

DateHoliday
Friday, January 1New Year's Day
Monday, January 18Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Friday, February 12Lincoln's Birthday
Monday, February 15Presidents Day
Monday, May 31Memorial Day
Friday, June 18Juneteenth (Observed)
Monday, July 5Independence Day (Observed)
Monday, September 6Labor Day
Monday, October 11Columbus Day
Tuesday, November 2Election Day
Thursday, November 11Veterans Day
Thursday, November 25Thanksgiving Day
Friday, December 24Christmas Day (Observed)
Friday, December 31New Year's Day (Observed)