The New York State Court System hears cases on a variety of legal matters.
|Civil Court||Disputes between private individuals or corporations when the amount of the claim is up to $25,000|
|Criminal Court||Criminal cases and summonses, arraignments, felonies, and misdemeanor charges|
|Family Court||Custody, visitation, and guardianship of children and Orders of Protection|
|Housing Court||Disputes between landlords and tenants, including eviction|
|Small Claims Court||Disputes between private individuals or corporations when the amount of the claim is up to $10,000|
|Surrogate Court||Wills, 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.
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- 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.