In accordance with State guidelines, there is a limit to the types of cases for in-person sessions and there is a reduction in the allowed capacity of the courtroom.
The court clerks’ office remains open. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm or until the close of court.
If you have received a traffic ticket, please enter your plea and return the ticket to the court. You will receive something either from the Town Prosecutor or the court within 4-6 weeks.
If you have a criminal matter, we are in the process of scheduling pending cases, you will receive a notice in the mail.
If you need to make a payment, you can mail a money order or bank draft. You can email, mail or fax your credit card information – Visa or Mastercard only. You can also make payment in person. Please do not mail in cash or a personal check. We do not accept payment over the phone. The court’s email address is [email protected]
Fine payments accepted:
Monday 8:30am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00am – Close of Court
Wednesday 8:30am – 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00am- Close of Court
Friday 8:30am – 4:00 pm
*FINE PAYMENTS CAN NOT BE ACCEPTED OVER THE PHONE
Court is held on the every TUESDAY of each month at 4:00pm. The FIRST and SECOND Tuesday of each month is Vehicle & Traffic, Town Code and Penal Law Violations, which are handled by the Town Prosecutor. The THIRD and FOURTH Tuesday of each month is Criminal Court (misdemeanor charges), which are handled by the Assistant District Attorney.
Small Claims Filings
Forms to file a Small Claim are also available at the Court Clerk’s Office. Small Claim proceedings may be brought by any individual against anyone who resides or owns a business in the Town of Orchard Park.
The maximum claim allowed is $3,000.00.
The filing fee is $10.00, if the amount you are suing for is $1.00 up to $1,000.00 and $15.00, if the amount is $1,001.00 up to $3,000.00. The filing fee is payable upon filing the application, the Court Clerk can not accept an application without the filing fee.
Small Claims filings are accepted at the Court Clerk’s Office
If you receive a traffic ticket and wish to enter your plea by mail, you can do so by filling in the appropriate plea section on your ticket and mail it to the Court.
Please note, it may take 8-10 weeks to receive your Prosecutor Conference date notice from the court.
If you plead GUILTY, the Judge will assess your fine(s) and/or surcharge(s) and you will be sent a fine notice for your charges. Please note, it may take 4 weeks to receive your fine notice from the Court.
Please note, it may take 2 weeks to receive your fine notice from the Court.
If you plead NOT GUILTY, the Court will schedule you for a conference with the Town Prosecutor, you will be notified by mail of your appearance date. Please note if you mailed in your NOT GUILTY PLEA, you DO NOT need to appear in Court on the date initially indicated on your ticket.
Please e-mail or call the Court Clerk’s Office if you have any questions.
NOTE: The Court Clerks ARE NOT PERMITTED to give legal advice.