Town Justice Court

Irene Szmigel
Chief Court Clerk
Irondequoit Public Safety Building
1300 Titus Avenue
Rochester, New York 14617
585-336-6040

Office Hours:

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday

The Irondequoit Town Court has criminal jurisdiction over all misdemeanors, violations, and infractions together with arraignment and preliminary jurisdiction over felonies. Jury trials are conducted where required.

Justices and Court Schedule

Judge

Court Schedule

Court Clerk
(click name to
e-mail clerk)

Phone

Hon. Patrick K. RussiMondays 3:00 PMThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 336-6040
x2332
Hon. Joseph T. GenierTuesdays 4:00 PMThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 336-6040
x2334
Hon. Joseph J. ValentinoWednesdays 6:00 PMThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 336-6040
x2333

The Most Common Laws or Types of Cases

Alcoholic Beverage Control Law
Criminal Jury Trials
Criminal Procedure Law
Environmental Conservation Law
(Hunting-Fishing-Licensing)
Family Offenses (Spousal Abuse)
Navigation Law
Parks & Recreation Law
Penal Law
Small Claims
Transportation Law
Vehicle and Traffic Law

Marriages

The Justices will officiate marriages, please call the Court Office for details. Marriage licenses are available through the Town Clerks Office.

Small Claims

HELPFUL BROCHURE: A Guide to Small Claims in the NYS City, Town and Village Courts

FAQs

WHAT IS SMALL CLAIMS COURT?

Small Claims Court handles cases for claims of $3,000 or less. The Town Justice in Small Claims Court only has the power to award money judgments.

HOW CAN I USE SMALL CLAIMS COURT?

You can use Small Claims Court for many different types of cases. A few examples are given below. Remember, your claims may not be for more than $3,000.

- disputes over money owed for security deposits, utility bills or rent;
- claims for the value of damaged, lost or destroyed personal property;
- money damages resulting from an unlawful eviction.

Small Claims Court is not a separate court, but part of the Town Justice Court.

DO I NEED A LAWYER TO GO TO SMALL CLAIMS COURT?

No. Lawyers are not necessary in Small Claims Court, but you can use a lawyer.

HOW DO I START A CASE IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT?

You must bring the action where the Defendant resides, is employed, or has a place of business at the time you start the action.

WHO CAN USE SMALL CLAIMS?

You must be an individual 18 years or older. Under 18 years, action must be brought by a parent or guardian. Corporations, partnerships, associations, or assignees CANNOT bring actions in Town Small Claims Court.

WHAT COSTS ARE INVOLVED?

Filing Fees: $10.00 for claims of $1,000 or less
$15.00 for claims exceeding $1,000

Filing fees must be paid at time of filing small claims with the court.

Small Claims notices will be mailed by the Court office and a copy will be mailed to you to notify you of the date and time of hearing. Bring evidence and witnesses to the hearing.

For other questions regarding Small Claims in Town Court, please contact MaryLou Steger at 585-336-6040 x2336 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .