The New York State Court System hears cases on a variety of legal matters.

CourtCase Types
Civil CourtDisputes between private individuals or corporations when the amount of the claim is up to $25,000
Criminal CourtCriminal cases and summonses, arraignments, felonies, and misdemeanor charges
Family CourtCustody, visitation, and guardianship of children and Orders of Protection
Housing CourtDisputes between landlords and tenants, including eviction
Small Claims CourtDisputes between private individuals or corporations when the amount of the claim is up to $10,000
Surrogate CourtWills, 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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By Phone

  • 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.

Judges are either appointed or elected. The Association of the Bar of the City of New York provides information on becoming a judge.

Visit the New York City Bar's website.

Courts are closed on the following holidays in 2021:​

Friday, January 1New Year's Day
Monday, January 18Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Friday, February 12Lincoln's Birthday
Monday, February 15Presidents Day
Monday, May 31Memorial Day
Friday, June 18Juneteenth (Observed)
Monday, July 5Independence Day (Observed)
Monday, September 6Labor Day
Monday, October 11Columbus Day
Tuesday, November 2Election Day
Thursday, November 11Veterans Day
Thursday, November 25Thanksgiving Day
Friday, December 24Christmas Day (Observed)
Friday, December 31New Year's Day (Observed)