What is the function of the Oneonta Town Court?

This Town Court plays a vital role in the Unified Court System of New York State.

The Town of Oneonta Justice Court has broad jurisdiction and presides over vehicle and traffic matters, civil and criminal matters, environmental, town law and code enforcement, landlord/tenant issues and small claim cases occurring within the geographic boundaries of the Town of Oneonta.

On the civil side, this Town Court hears actions seeking small claim proceedings monetary awards up to $3,000. The Court also handles landlord/tenant matters that may result in an eviction as well as a money judgment for back rent that is due.

The Court also presides over small claims disputes. Small claims proceedings are intended to provide a low-cost, simplified and informal procedure for individuals to resolve disputes involving limited monetary claims. Often individual litigants do not use an attorney in these matters and are not required to do so.

On the criminal side, The Court is authorized to handle matters involving the prosecution of misdemeanors and violations that are committed within the town's geographic boundaries.

This Town Court also conducts arraignments and preliminary hearings in felony matters. In addition, The Court hears Vehicle and Traffic Law misdemeanors and traffic infractions.

Jury and non-jury trials are held in the Town Courtroom on an as needed basis. The Court Clerk is responsible for maintaining all Court-related records.