Public Safety Building
The Town of Colonie Justice Department is responsible
for traffic matters, criminal matters, civil matters, environmental
conservation matters, local law matters and small claims actions occurring
in the Town of Colonie.
The Court has three Town Justices which preside over all Court proceedings, the Honorable Peter Crummey, the Honorable Andrew Sommers, and the Honorable Norman Massry.
The Justice Court office is charged with collecting the fines imposed by the Judges on various cases. The Court also maintains records of all cases brought before the court.
The Colonie Town Justice is located in the Public
Safety Center at 312 Wolf Road. We are located in the same building
as the Colonie Police Department.
From I87 South- to exit 4, at the end of the ramp take a right
Monday evenings Traffic Court begins at 6:00 P.M. Vehicle and traffic matters are heard in the large courtroom and are taken on a first come first serve basis. When appearing for traffic court you should bring your yellow ticket along with your drivers license and check in at the table of clerks. All alcohol related offenses and misdemeanor cases are heard in the small court room also beginning at 6:00 P.M.
Tuesday Morning Traffic Trials are held at 8:30 A.M. in the small courtroom.
Wednesday Evening Criminal Court begins at 6:00 P.M. All first time appearances, hearings, and trials are heard in the small courtroom. The remainder of the cases are heard in the large courtroom. If there is a question as to which courtroom a defendant should report, there are clerks there that can assist.
Thursday Morning Civil and Small Claims Court is held at 8:30 A.M. in the small courtroom. Parking tickets and local law violations are also heard at this time.
1. Are Court sessions open to the public?
If you do not wish to plea by mail but rather you would like to speak to a judge then you must appear on the date that is listed on the front of your ticket at the bottom of your ticket. Please note that most tickets you can mail in your plea, however there are some exceptions. All misdemeanor tickets must appear in Court. If there is a question on whether you were charged with a misdemeanor you may contact the court for clarification.
3. What do I do if I get a parking ticket?
Once you have this information you may file the paperwork at the Court Office Monday thru Friday between 8:30 A.M. and 4 P.M.. The court does not have jurisdictions over corporations or partnerships, those claims must be filed in Albany Court. The Court may hear cases brought by DBA's provided they show proof that they are in fact a DBA. For more information you may pick up a booklet on small claims at the Court Office, or you may view the booklet online by clicking on the link below.
5. How do I file a Civil by myself for back rent?
In order to obtain a public defender you must financially qualify and be appointed such counsel by the Court. An attorney from the Albany County Public Defenders Office is present during Court time. The Office of the Public Defender is located at 60 South Pearl St. in Albany. You may contact the Public Defenders Office by phone at (518) 447-7150, or visit their website at www.albanycounty.com/departments/publicdefender
7. What do I do if I get a suspension notice?
You should immediately contact the court to determine the reason for the suspension. If the suspension is for failing to pay a fine the payment should be remitted to the Court. If the suspension is for failing to answer the summons then you may be able to mail in a plea and payment, or you may need to appear in court, depending on the ticket.
8. How can I pay my fine?
The Justice Court accepts cash, money order, certified check, VISA or MasterCard as payment. The Court does not accept personal checks. Please make your money order or certified check payable to “Colonie Town Justice”. Upon payment a Court receipt will be issued. If you are not paying in person and wish to have the receipt mailed to you, please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope for return. If you wish to pay by credit card, all fine notices distributed by the Court are sent with a credit card authorization form or, you may use the link below to obtain one.
To schedule a wedding, Judge Crummey, Judge Massry and Judge Sommers may be contacted at (518) 783-2714.