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Which Court Should I Go To?

In New York State, different courts handles different issues. Find out which court you should go to for your problem.

Family & Children Issues

My problem... Go to your local
Divorce, Legal Separation or Annulment Supreme Court
Domestic Violence for an Order of Protection Family Court, City Court, Town Court, Village Court, District Court or New York City Criminal Court

You are allowed to apply for an order of protection in Family Court and one of the other courts at the same time.

If you are in the process of getting divorced or separated, Supreme Court can give you an order of protection.
Paternity Family Court
Child Support Family Court

But if you are in the process of getting divorced, the Supreme Court where you filed for divorce.
Child Custody or Visitation Family Court

But if you are in the process of getting divorced, the Supreme Court where you filed for divorce.
Spousal Support Family Court

But if you are in the process of getting divorced, the Supreme Court where you filed for divorce.
Child Neglect and Abuse Family Court
Juvenile Delinquency Family Court
Termination of Parental Rights Family Court
Review of Foster Care Placement Family Court
Child Guardianship Either Family Court or Surrogate's Court
Adoption Either Family Court or Surrogate's Court
Divorced and want to change the divorce decree Supreme Court or Family Court

 

Traffic & Criminal Issues

My problem... Go to your local...
Traffic City Court,Town Court or Village Court
Misdemeanor or Violation City Court, Town Court, Village Court, District Court, or New York City Criminal Court
Felony (After indictment) NYC: Supreme Court
Outside NYC: County Court
Felony (Preliminary processing before indictment) City Court, Town Court, Village Court, District Court, or New York City Criminal Court

 

Other Issues

My problem... Go to your local...
Housing/Landlord-Tenant NYC: New York City Civil Court

Outside NYC: City Court, Town Court, Village Court or District Court
Small Claims for money damages up to $5,000 NYC: New York City Civil Court

Outside NYC: City Court or District Court. Town & Village Courts up to $3,000
Lawsuits for money damages up to $15,000 City Court or District Court
Lawsuits for money damages up to $25,000 NYC: New York City Civil Court

Outside NYC: County Court
Lawsuits for money damages of more than $25,000 Supreme Court
Wills, estates, and handling property of someone who died Surrogate's Court
Lawsuits to stop, regulate, or supervise private or governmental activities Supreme Court
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