Effective December 9th, 2020 we, the court, were informed that due to COVID-19 all Criminal Matters will be held virtually. If you have a pending criminal matter, please contact your attorney in advance of your court appearance to conference your case. If you have the public defender or conflict defender, please reach out to their office to set up a conference.
All traffic violations will be handled through the mail until further notice. The appearance date shown on your ticket is NOT a court date. This is the date that you must enter a plea of Guilty or Not Guilty on each ticket issued and return ticket(s) to the court.
*IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THE COURT HAS YOUR CORRECT MAILING ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER!!
In accordance with the direction of the Chief Administrative Judge and exercising an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of the public by limiting the assembly of large groups of people due to the Corona Virus/Covid-19 we are not currently holding court proceedings. If you have been scheduled to appear between 03/17/2020 and 05/30/2020 your court appearance has been adjourned to a future date. You will receive notification of the adjournment via mail. If the order to close courts is extended beyond May 30, 2020 scheduled appearances will continue to be adjourned, and notices mailed If you are unsure if you are to appear on your scheduled appearance date, please call the court to confirm, leave a message and a call back number. The court clerk is only in the office on Monday’s until further notice. .
Attached is a guide to small claims and commercial small claims in the New York State City, Town and Village Courts.
Judge Karen Tirpak
Judge Raymond Kennedy
Justices & Court Schedules
Court is held every Monday - 3:30pm (except Holidays)
- Preliminary Jurisdiction/Arraignment – All criminal offenses
- Trial Jurisdiction all non-felony matters involving: V & T law, Penal Law, Environmental Conservation Law and Health Law
- Complete Trial Jurisdiction of all small claims matters, landlord/tenant issues
If you receive a Traffic Ticket in the Town of Durham...
If the offense type on the front of the ticket is a Misdemeanor, you must appear in the Town/Village Court on the date written on the ticket to be arraigned before the Justice.
If the offense type is a Traffic Infraction, you can plead GUILTY or NOT GUILTY.
To plead GUILTY
Fill out PART A of the Uniform Traffic Ticket. Include your current mailing address and sign it. Return the ticket to the Durham Town Court by mail, in person at the Town Building, or in person before the judge on the date of your scheduled appearance before the Court. If you mail the ticket, send it by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested. The Court will contact you when your plea is received and will notify you by mail if the fines and mandatory surcharge assessed. If your mailing address changes YOU MUST NOTIFY THE COURT.
To plead NOT GUILTY
Fill out PART B of the Uniform Traffic Ticket, sign it and mail it to the Durham Town Court within 48 hours of receipt of the ticket. Send it Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested
You can also plead NOT GUILTY by appearing before the Court on the date specified on your ticket.
You can request a Supporting Deposition by checking the appropriate box on the back of the ticket. A Supporting Deposition will provide you with additional information regarding the basis for the ticket. A Supporting Deposition request must be timely: within 30 days of the appearance date listed on the ticket. The Court will then order the Supporting Deposition from the Officer who issued the ticket. The Officer must provide you with the Supporting Deposition.
- Small Claims(damages of $1,000 or less) - $ 10.00 Small Claims (damages of $1,000 and less than $3,000) - $ 15.00
- Small Claims cases must be filed in the Town Court where the person you are suing resides.
- SUMMARY PROCEEDINGS Summary Proceedings/Evictions - $ 20.00
All payments must be made in cash, by credit card, money order or certified bank check made payable to Durham Town Court.
Miscellaneous Civil Fees