Knox Justice Court Information
About the Knox Justice Court:
The Town Justice Courts play a vital role in the New York State Unified Court System. Town courts have broad jurisdiction and hear both civil and criminal matters.
Town justices are required to be on-call 24 hours a day and are often called upon to arraign misdemeanor and felony charges, as well as to act as Family Court judges when Family Court is not in session. In various cases, the judges are also authorized to issue orders of protection.
Please make note of the following:
The Town Court hears civil actions and small claims proceedings seeking monetary awards up to $3,000.00.
The Court also handles landlord/tenant matters that may result in an eviction, as well as a money judgment for back rents that are due. 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. However, the Court cannot advise you or give you legal advice.
The Town Court is authorized to handle matters involving the prosecution of misdemeanors and violations that are committed within the town’s geographical boundaries. In addition, the Court hears Vehicle & Traffic Law misdemeanors and traffic infractions.
The Town Court also conducts arraignments and preliminary hearings in felony matters.
Certificate of Disposition: $5.00
Civil Case – Filing of Notice of Appeal: $5.00
Information Subpoena: $5.00
Summary Proceedings / Evictions: $20.00
Small Claims Filings:
Small claims cases can only be filed in the Town Court where the person you are suing, lives, has a business or works. Click here & fill out the form, attach your check and your hearing will be scheduled 30 days from receipt and cannot be on the 1st Wednesday of the month.
Small Claim Fee: $10.00 for claims up to $1,000.00 or $15.00 for claims over $1,000.00. The monetary limit for a Small Claims case is $3,000.00.
If you received a Uniform Traffic Ticket in the Town of Knox:
If the offense type is a felony or misdemeanor you must appear in court for an arraignment on the date that is written on your ticket.
If the offense is a traffic infraction:
Fill out: Section A - Plea of Guilty or Section B – Plea of Not Guilty. Include your current mailing address, if different than the address on your ticket, sign it and mail your ticket to:
Knox Justice Court
P.O. Box 124
Knox, NY 12107
Or you may bring it in person on any Wednesday night, or use the secure drop box to the right of the courtroom doors.
If you plead guilty: Once your guilty plea is received, the Court will notify you by mail of any fines and mandatory surcharges that are assessed.
If you plead not guilty: Once your not guilty plea is received, the Court will notify you by mail of another court date when the prosecutor for your case will be here and you will then have an opportunity to conference with them regarding your case.
Requesting a Supporting Deposition:
If you did not already receive one, you can request a Supporting Deposition by checking the appropriate box (Yes or No), in Section B – Plea of Not Guilty on your ticket. ** Your request must be within 30 days of the appearance date listed on your ticket.
Non-Appearance or Non-Payment of Fines:
When you are assessed a fine or surcharge, the Court expects payment at that time. If extenuating circumstances do occur then the Court will direct you to make your payment in full by a specific date. Partial payments will be accepted upon request.
If you fail to pay your fine, or fail to appear for your ticket, the Court will order the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend your license after 90 days and an additional $70.00 per ticket will be added to your fine. If your license is suspended you must contact the Court Clerk.
Equipment Defect Violation Correction:
You will be given a “Statement of Correction for Equipment Defect” at the time your ticket is issued. The charge will be dismissed if proof is presented to the court that the defect was corrected and inspected within 24 hours after the issuance of the summons.
Knox Town Justices: Honorable James Corigliano
Honorable Jean Gagnon
For questions regarding any court issue, only the Court Clerk may answer questions or take payments. No other town employees can assist you in person or by telephone.
Justice Court Clerk: Deborah Liddle
Phone: (518) 872-9183
Court is every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 124, Knox, NY 12107
Physical address: 2192 Berne-Altamont Road, Altamont, NY 12009
From Albany: Northway/Crossgates Mall, take Western Avenue, (Rte 20) West, turn left at Stewarts (Rte 146) go past Tawasentha Park, Guilderland Center & the Altamont Fairgrounds. Cross over the railroad tracks in Altamont and bear right in front of the Fredendall Funeral Home. Go up the hill approximately 7 miles. The Court will be on the right just before the Knox Firehouse.