Town of Otsego Justice Court
Effective December 9, 2020: Updated Operational Protocols for Town and Village Justice Courts
For the past several months, the Unified Court System has permitted in-person proceedings in Town and Village courts in accordance with the Governor’s un-pause New York plan. Foot traffic in the courthouses has been gradually increased to correspond with an improvement in the metrics measuring the spread of the Coronavirus. Recently, the metrics have indicated the need to reduce foot traffic once again in the courthouses to protect the health and safety of litigants, lawyers, court staff and judges. The Court immediately decreased in-person proceedings to protect the health and safety of all court users, court staff and judges and to further reduce the community spread of the Coronavirus. The new operational protocols are intended to create an environment where the “normal” is a virtual appearance and in-person appearances are rare.
Operational Changes Include:
Modification to Court Proceedings:
The New York State Unified Court System conducts virtual court appearances using Microsoft Teams which is a virtual meeting platform very similar to Skype.
When you have court, you will “wait” in this VIRTUAL courtroom lobby until the Judge, or Court Clerk invites you in for your case.
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Or call in (audio only)
The Town Court is your local municipal court with juridiction over Traffic, Criminal, Civil, Small Claims, Landlord/Tenant, and Family Court (when Family Court is not in session) matters. The Town Court also handles Local Zoning, Land-Use and State Health and Fire Code violations as well as Dog Ordinance, Environmental Conservation, Navigation Law, Tax and Transportation Law violations that occur within the Town of Otsego.
Town Justice Courts are frequently called "the Courts closest to the People" because of their broad, although limited, jurisdiction over matters that affect the local community. Our mission is to serve our community by providing "justice" - timely, fair and equal justice - and to fulfill our Constitutional mandates as a "separate but equal" branch of government.
Justice Gary M. Kuch and Justice Jesse Torruella preside over the Otsego Town Court.
The Court is located at the back of the Town Office Building, at 811 Co Hwy 26 in the hamlet of Fly Creek. The Court's mailing address is P.O. Box 57, Fly Creek, NY 13337-0057.
VTL (Traffic Court) cases will be heard every Wednesday evening at 6:30pm with the exception of the 3rd Wednesday of the month. This date is reserved for the ADA Court where criminal cases will be heard at 3:30pm.
For clerk hours call the court: 607-547-5689 x 3
“Summer” court hours are Monday – Thursday 9 – 3:30.
The Justices can be reached by phone at 607-547-5689 or by Fax at 607-547-2067 or by email.
to the Court:
Traveling north on State Highway 205, turn right on State Highway 80, then turn right on State Highway 28 (south) and follow directions as if coming from the north.