The New York State Court System hears cases on a variety of legal matters.

CourtCase Types
Civil CourtDisputes between private individuals or corporations when the amount of the claim is up to $25,000
Criminal CourtCriminal cases and summonses, arraignments, felonies, and misdemeanor charges
Family CourtCustody, visitation, and guardianship of children and Orders of Protection
Housing CourtDisputes between landlords and tenants, including eviction
Small Claims CourtDisputes between private individuals or corporations when the amount of the claim is up to $10,000
Surrogate CourtWills, estates, the property of people who have died, adoptions, and guardianship

Other services provided by the State courts include:

Please note that:

  • The City of New York’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) is not in the State’s court system. It is a separate administrative legal court that hears cases on City-Issued Violations or Summonses for quality of life laws, health code, or other rules.
  • The federal government has its own court system and includes Bankruptcy Court.

You can get help with questions about the State court system in general, and court-related matters. You can also file a complaint about a State court employee. For complaints about judges, visit the Judge Complaint page instead.

Online

Get court information.

Learn more about different courts.

Make a suggestion, comment, or file a complaint.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York Courts
  • Phone Number: (800) 268-7869
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Automated assistance is also available in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish.

You can report snow or ice on a sidewalk in front of a courthouse.

If there is an emergency or a condition that needs immediate attention, you can speak to the chief clerk or the court officer of that court.

If the situation is not an emergency, you can file a complaint on the NY Courts website.

Make a suggestion, comment, or file a complaint.

Judges are either appointed or elected. The Association of the Bar of the City of New York provides information on becoming a judge.

Visit the New York City Bar's website.

Courts are closed on the following holidays in 2020:​

DateHoliday
Wednesday, January 1New Year's Day
Monday, January 20Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Wednesday, February 12Lincoln's Birthday
Monday, February 17Presidents Day
Monday, May 25Memorial Day
Friday, June 19Juneteenth
Friday, July 3Independence Day (Observed)
Monday, September 7Labor Day
Monday, October 12Columbus Day
Tuesday, November 3Election Day
Wednesday, November 11Veterans Day
Thursday, November 26Thanksgiving Day
Friday, December 25Christmas Day