Johnson City Village Court
31 Avenue C Suite 2
Johnson City, New York 13790
Phone: (607) 798-0002
Fax: (607) 798-9051
The Johnson City Village Court is located on the second floor of the George Korutz Justice Building at 31 Avenue C. Our court is currently the second busiest criminal court in Broome County. The court staff consists of three full-time clerks, two part-time clerks and an armed Court Bailiff. The court clerks handle a wide variety of cases ranging from petit larceny, assaults, domestic violence, search warrants, code violations, trespass, orders of protection, traffic violations and parking tickets. The court has a committed jury trial day once a month and a non-jury and civil trial day. The clerks also handle civil filings of landlords and tenants as well as small claims matters.
The Honorable Gregory Thomas is the Village Justice who presides over cases every Friday. The calendar consists of a wide array of matters which involve arraignments, sentencing and hearings and usually runs from 8:30am until late afternoon. The Court has an assigned Assistant District Attorney and Assistant Public Defender who appear weekly to hear and work through matters. Jury and Non-Jury cases are also held in Village Court on a continual basis. During the course of a week the staff handles hundreds of phone calls and answers the questions and concerns of a few hundred more individuals. On average, the office is handling thousands of inquiries in a month’s time. The court handles 5,500 – 6,500 cases per year. The Court staff continues their annual certifications and meetings to keep up to date with the ever changing laws and issues that face the court daily.
Statistics play a very important role in the court functions. We are a Village Court governed by the laws of the State of New York. Thus, one of the responsibilities of the court employees is the continual process of being updated on NYS Laws as they are passed periodically throughout the year by the State Legislature. This office has a working relationship with the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, Broome County Probation, the New York State Police, Broome County Court and all other local City, Town and Village courts. Financial and statistical reports that are monitored closely clearly state that the Village Court is an attribute to Johnson City and the Village residents. It is, however, a department that is extremely busy, showing tremendous increases in the number of cases and complaints before the court for the size of our Village. One of the measures the court focuses on to lessen the load on the taxpayers is to apply for and receive grants for office and court security equipment. This office has been successful in receiving three grants in the last six years, saving Village residents $13,000.
Parking Tickets in the Village of Johnson City are issued by the Johnson City Police and the Parking Enforcement Unit but all tickets are answerable in the court.
If you have received one or have any outstanding parking tickets, they can be handled and processed through the court office.
Weddings are available to be performed by the Village Justice.
Please contact the court as soon as a date is selected, to ensure the Justice is available for your date.
Court is in session:
Please see additional information under evictions and small claims proceedings.
Monday - Friday 8:30am – 3:30 pm*
* 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 in the lobby of the building next to the police window. You may leave a plea or payment. If you wish to be provided with a receipt, you must leave a self addressed stamped envelope.
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 Village of Johnson City and receive their mail in the Village of Johnson City. 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.
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 or Email the center at email@example.com
Evictions are heard on Wednesdays. Please call the court to confirm specific date and time. The filing fee is $20.00.
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.
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.
Call the court or your attorney immediately. You may be subject to a license suspension or a warrant could be issued for your arrest.
1-800-CALLDMV - available within NY State
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 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.
Payments may be made by US Postal Service, in person or by leaving it in the Village of Johnson City Court locked drop box.
Cash, money order, or a certified bank check made payable to the Village of Johnson City Court are accepted. Be sure to include a case number, ticket number, or name for proper posting. Personal checks are NOT accepted. 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.
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.
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.
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, New York 13902
By phone: 607-778-2198
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.
The Public Defender's Office is located at:
45 Hawley Street
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We thank all of our residents for placing their trust in us to serve.