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Introduction

There are close to 1300 Town and Village Courts (collectively known as the Justice Courts) located in most of New York Stateís town and villages (none are located in New York City). The nearly 2,200 Town and Village judges handle close to 2 million cases a year. The hours and frequency of operation of the individual Justice Courts varies, depending on the size of the locality and the size of the courtís caseload....read more.

The Judges

One of the unique aspects of New York's Justice Court system is that judges in justice courts do not have to be attorneys or have any extensive training in the law.  Judges in every other court in New York must be attorneys in order to assume their seats on the bench.  In many ways the justice court system is a hold-over from New York's colonial period when attorneys were few and far between.  There is a movement under way to improve the understanding of the law that Justice Court judges have.  To learn more about the pro's and con's of the justice court system click here.

The System

Another difference between Justice Courts and all other courts in NYS is that Justice Courts are not "courts of record."  This means that proceedings that take place in these courts are not transcribed, word-for-word, by a court reporter.  This can create problems if an appellate court is asked to review a decision made by a justice court judge.  To some extent this issue is being addressed by the program that the state government is implementing to create digital recordings of all proceedings.  As of early 2008 only a limited number of justice courts have been provided with the digital recording devices.