New York Court Help

No Lawyer? There's Help...

You can find help at the Clerk's Office at any courthouse. BUT...

Workers in the Clerk's Office can't take sides or give legal advice.

They Can:
•Explain court rules and procedures.
•Explain available options for your case or problem.
•Provide past case rulings.
•Provide cites to, or copies of, the law.
•Explain public court operations and jobs.
•Describe court records and their availability.
•Provide public case information.
•Tell you how to make a complaint.
•Refer you to other offices or persons.
•Provide forms with instructions.

But They Can't:
•Suggest the procedures you should follow.
•Provide opinions about which option to chose.
•Predict what the court will do.
•Analyze the law based on the specifics of your case.
•Provide information derived from the decision-making   process.
•Provide access to sealed or confidential case records.
•Provide confidential case information.
•Give opinions about your complaint.
•Make referrals based on personal preference.
•Provide or suggest the information to enter on forms.

If you need help and don't know if you can get it:
Please ask. Court staff will be happy to try to help. Some courts and community organizations have special offices for helping people who don't have a lawyer.

Here is a list of their addresses and telephone numbers (by county in alphabetical order):

New York City Offices

Bronx County

Supreme Court Help Center

851 Grand Concourse, Room 121
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 618-1350

Housing Court Resource Center

1118 Grand Concourse, Room 250
Bronx, NY 10456
(718) 466-3005
http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/housing/resourcecenter.shtml

Kings County (Brooklyn)

Supreme Court Help Center

360 Adams Street, Room 145
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(347) 296-1740

Housing Court Resource Center

141 Livingston Street, Room 201
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(347) 404-9200
http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/housing/resourcecenter.shtml

Red Hook Community Justice Center

88 Visitation Place, 1st Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

(718) 923-8245
http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/housing/resourcecenter.shtml

Family Court Help Center Legal Services Program

330 Jay Street
5th Floor Petition Room
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Tuesdays and Thursdays (10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Free legal consultations on support, paternity, custody, visitation, family offense and guardianship matters.

New York County (Manhattan)

Supreme Court Help Center

60 Centre Street, Room 116
New York, NY 10007
(646) 386-3025

Housing Court Resource Center

111 Centre Street, Room 104
New York, NY 10013
(646) 386-5500
http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/housing/resourcecenter.shtml

Harlem Community Justice Center

170 East 121 Street, Room 105
New York, NY 10035
http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/housing/resourcecenter.shtml

Family Court Help Center
Legal Services Program

60 Lafayette Street
1st Floor Petition Room
New York, New York 10013
Mondays and Wednesday (10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Free legal consultations on support, paternity, custody, visitation, family offense and guardianship matters.

Queens County

Supreme Court Help Center

88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Room 109
Jamaica, NY 11435
(718) 298-1024

Housing Court Resource Center

89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Room 235
Jamaica, NY 11435
(718) 262-7145
http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/housing/resourcecenter.shtml

Richmond County (Staten Island)

Supreme Court Help Center

18 Richmond Terrace, Room 103B
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 675-8589

Surrogate's Court Help Center

18 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 675-8508

Housing Court Resource Center

927 Castleton Avenue, Room 404
Staten Island, NY 10301
(646) 386-5750
http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/housing/resourcecenter.shtm

Offices Outside New York City

Nassau County

Supreme Court Law Library
Court Information Center

100 Supreme Court Drive, 2nd Floor
Mineola, NY 11501
(516) 571-3291

Dutchess County

Supreme Court Help Center

Dutchess County Supreme Court Library
50 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(914) 824-5457 (Monday, Wednesday, & Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
(845) 291-3006 (Tuesday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
(845) 486-4031 (Thursday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Orange County

Supreme Court Help Center

Orange County Supreme Court Library
285 Main Street
Goshen, NY 10924
(914) 824-5457 (Monday, Wednesday & Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
(845) 291-3006 (Tuesday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
(845) 486-4031 (Thursday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Putnam County

Supreme Court Help Center

20 County Center, Room 103A
Carmel, NY 10512
(914) 824-5457 (Monday, Wednesday & Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
(845) 291-3006 (Tuesday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
(845) 486-4031 (Thursday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Rockland County

Supreme Court Help Center

1 South Main Street, Rm. 465
New City, NY 10956
(914) 824-5457 (Monday, Wednesday & Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
(845) 291-3006 (Tuesday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
(845) 486-4031 (Thursday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Suffolk County

Library Resources for the Public Program

Supreme Court Law Library
400 Carleton Avenue, 4th Floor
Central Islip, NY 11722
(631) 853-6064

Westchester County

Court Help Center

Supreme Court Law Library
111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., 9th Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 824-5209 (Monday - Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
(914) 824-5457 (Monday, Wednesday & Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)


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