There are two Town Justices, one elected every two years for a four-year term, in the Town of Orangetown. The Town Justices are assisted by a Court Clerk, Assistant Court Clerk and three full-time clerks. The Justice Court has general jurisdiction over criminal, civil, and vehicle and traffic within the Town. There is a small claims part of the Court with a jurisdiction up to $3,000. Jurisdiction is based upon the defendant living, working or maintaining a place of business in the Town of Orangetown.
The following pertains to traffic tickets issued by police officers who charge non-criminal offenses under the Vehicle and Traffic Law or Transportation Law.
When a traffic ticket is issued to an operator or owner of a motor vehicle, such person must enter a plea of“Guilty” or “Not Guilty” on or before the date appearing on the ticket. This can be done in-person or by mail.
To plead “Guilty” fill out Section A on the ticket, sign your name in the space provided, date and return the ticket to the Court. You will be notified by mail of the fine amount and date on which the fine is due.
To plead “Not Guilty” fill out Section B on the ticket, sign your name in the space provided, date and return the ticket to the Court. If you request a Supporting Deposition from the Police Officer who issued the ticket, check the appropriate box and one will be mailed to you. You will be notified by mail of your future court date.
Payment of fines, whether in person or by mail, must be by cash, money order, bank check or credit card (Master Card or Visa) only. The Court DOES NOT ACCEPT PERSONAL CHECKS. Payments are accepted Mon-Fri from 9am to 4:15pm.
In addition to the imposition of a fine of a traffic infraction, NY State Law requires the imposition of a Mandatory Surcharge. The amount of the surcharge varies and depends on the date and nature of the offense.
In addition to Small Claims, the Justice Court hears Summary Proceedings (landlord tenant cases) concerning property located in the Town of Orangetown. You can visit www.nycourts.gov for step by step instructions and forms. Attorneys should contact the Court to confirm valid dates and times.
The free flow of traffic is essential to the economy of the downtown Pearl River business district, a Hamlet in the Town of Orangetown. The parking regulations are designed to help people come into the town for shopping, entertainment and business. The meters are in effect Monday through Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM. View the current Parking Map of Downtown Pearl River