Posted on December 13, 2020
In accordance with the Order of the 6th Judicial District and until further notice, all judicial proceedings in the Town of Binghamton Court must be conducted virtually. No in-person judicial proceedings are permitted.
The Court is open for administrative matters during its normal business hours for the acceptance of civil filings, criminal pleadings/motions, or payment of fines. (The Court Clerk is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. A lockbox drop-off is available in the Town Hall foyer Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Town of Binghamton Virtual Court is accessed via internet link located on this page (See “Enter Virtual Courtroom Here” link above). If you do not have the equipment (internet capable device with video camera and microphone) to access the virtual courtroom, you can use the telephone number (+1 347 378 4143) and conference ID (271 440 14#) for access.
If you have a notice to personally appear in Court, please contact the Court Clerk at 607-772-0357, x 19 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU HAVE A NOTICE OR SUMMONS TO APPEAR IN COURT, YOU MUST APPEAR VIRTUALY UNLESS YOU GET AN ADJOURNMENT FROM THE COURT. FAILURE TO APPEAR MAY RESULT IN THE ISSUANCE OF A WARRANT FOR YOUR ARREST.
What is the function of this Town Court?
This Town Court plays a vital role in the Unified Court System of New York State. This court has broad jurisdiction and the court presides both civil, criminal matters, local town law including code and dog control violations, evictions, orders of protection, etc.
On the civil side, this Town Court hears actions seeking monetary awards up to $3,000 and small claims proceedings for awards up to $3,000. This court also handles landlord/tenant matters that may result in an eviction as well as a money judgment for back rent that is due.
This 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, this 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, this 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.
The Town Justice is an elected public servant with a four-year term who must annually complete twelve (12) hours of mandatory Judicial Continuing Education offered by the State Office of Court Administration.
Hon. Lawrence Brinker
(607) 772-0357 ext. 19
(607) 772-0357 ext. 19
Hours of Operation
Tuesday & Thursday Afternoons:
12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
ARRAIGNMENTS ARE HELD EVERY THURSDAY AT 1 P.M.
(607) 772-0357 x 19