The Town of Stephentown Court is responsible for traffic matters, criminal matters, civil matters, environmental conservation matters, local law matters and small claims actions occurring in the Town of Stephentown.
The Court hears parking and traffic tickets - both violations and misdemeanors, including Driving While Intoxicated cases. Along with traffic matters, the Court also presides over criminal matters that take place within the Town such as petit larceny. The Court also hears evictions brought by landlords; and small claims brought by individuals who feel they are owed monies.
The Court has two Town Justices which preside over all Court proceedings, the Honorable Wesley R. Edwards and the Honorable Cyril A. Grant.
The Court office is charged with collecting the fines imposed by the Judges on various cases. The Court also maintains records of all cases brought before the Court.
The Town of Stephentown Court is located in the Town Hall at 26 Grange Hall Road.
From Albany...I-90 East to Exit 8...Route 43 East to Stephentown..take second left on Grange Hall Road
From Massachusetts...Route 20 West to Route 22 North at New Lebanon to Stephentown...Route 43 at red light turn left to Grange Hall Road
From Vermont...Route 22 South to Stephentown...Turn right to Route 43...to Grange Hall Road
Court is held on the second, third and fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM unless otherwise indicated.
Court Clerk hours are available on scheduled court nights and Monday evenings from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.
You may access this information by calling the court at 518-733-5636.
TOWN CONSTABLE & COURT ATTENDING OFFICER
1. Are court sessions open to the public?
Yes, Court Sessions are open to the public.
2. What do I do if I get a traffic ticket?
There are a few options when getting a traffic ticket. On the back of the ticket given by the officer is what is called a plea by mail. If you wish to plead guilty you may sign and date Part A pleading guilty and the Court will mail you back a notice of fine. If you wish to plead not guilty you may sign and date Part B pleading not guilty and you will be scheduled for a pre-trial conference.
If you do not wish to plea by mail but rather you would like to speak to a judge then you must appear on the date that is listed on the front of your ticket located near the bottom of the ticket. Please note that most tickets you can mail in your plea, however there are some exceptions. All misdemeanor tickets must appear in Court. If there is a question on whether you were charged with a misdemeanor you may contact the court for clarification.
3. How do I file a small claim?
In order to file a small claim in our Court, the person whom you are suing must either live or work in the Town of Stephentown. In other words the address you provide the court must be located in the Town. You do need an exact address, you can not use a PO Box. The amount of your claim cannot exceed $3,000.
Once you have this information you may file the paperwork at the Court. The Court does not have the jurisdiction over corporations or partnerships. For more information you may pick up a booklet on small claims at the Court office, or you may view the booklet online by clicking on the link below.
Note: A Guide to Small Claims Court is in Adobe Acrobat format. Click to download the program--there is no charge for it.
4. How do I file a Civil Claim by myself for back rent?
You should contact the Court for the proper procedures, and information regarding the proper paperwork you need to obtain.
5. How do I get a public defender?
In order to obtain a public defender you must financially qualify and be appointed such counsel by the Court. An attorney from the Rensselaer County Public Defenders Office is present during Court time. The Office of the Public Defender is located in the Rensselaer County CourtHouse in Troy, NY. You may contact the Public Defenders Office by phone at 518-270-4030.
6. What do I do if I get a suspension notice?
You should immediatley contact the court to determine the reason for the suspension. If the suspension is for failing to pay a fine the payment should be remitted to the court. If the suspension is for failing to answer the summons then you may be able to mail in a plea and payment, or you may need to appear in court, depending on the ticket.
7. How can I pay my fine?
The Justice Court accepts cash, money order, certified check, Visa or MasterCard as payment. The Court does not accept personal checks. Please make your money order or certified check payable to "Stephentown Court". Upon payment a Court receipt will be issued. If you are not paying in person and wish to have the receipt mailed to you, please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope for return. If you wish to pay by credit card, all fine notices distributed by the Court are sent with a credit card authorization form or, you may use the link provided in printable forms on this page.