If a case does not fall within the jurisdiction of small claims court
or summary proceedings, then you may be able to bring a civil action
in the City Court.
Monetary Jurisdiction (Uniform City Court Act, sec. 202):
The Court shall have jurisdiction of actions and proceedings
for the recovery of money or
personal property where the amount sought to be recovered or the value of the
does not exceed $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs.
Counterclaims filed in response to a Summons and Complaint
do not have a monetary limit.
Geographical Jurisdiction (Uniform City Court Act, sec 213):
To bring a civil action in the City Court, EITHER the
plaintiff or the defendant must:
1. be a resident of the City or be a resident of a town contiguous
to the City; or
2. have regular employment within the City; or
3. have a place for the regular transaction of business within the City.
A suit is commenced in the City Court upon service of a summons
and complaint upon a defendant and the timely filing of the summons
and complaint with the Court with the appropriate court
If, after all discovery and depositions have been completed,
a civil action is to proceed to trial, a trial note of issue
must be filed for either a non-jury or jury trial.
It is RECOMMENDED that a plaintiff seek the advice of counsel in filing
a civil action. Please note that the Court cannot provide legal assistance.