Court in Session: Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
Prosecutor: Schenectady County District Attorney
The Niskayuna Town Court handles criminal matters, traffic infractions, small claims (up to $3,000), civil matters, town ordinance violations and evictions.
1. What do I do if I get a traffic ticket?
First, you DO NOT have to come into court, unless your ticket is a misdemeanor charge. If you wish to plead GUILTY you may sign and date Part A on the ticket, mail it in and the Court will mail a fine notice back to you. If you wish to plead NOT GUILTY you may sign and date Part B on the ticket, mail it in and the court will schedule a pre-trial conference. Tickets should be mailed to the Court prior to your appearance date.
2. 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 your fine is paid after your suspension date there is a $70.00 fee to lift your suspension in addition to any fine that may have been assessed.
3. How can I pay my fine?
To Pay In Person, by Fax or by Mail:
The Court will accept Cash, Money Orders, certified checks made out to "Niskayuna Town Court", MasterCard or Visa either in person or by mail. Credit card payments that are not made in person must be done on the Court’s Credit Card Authorization form.
To Pay Online or Over the Phone:
Click on this link www.paycourtonline.com and follow the instructions provided. Credit Cards only (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover). nCourt is a 3rd party online payment provider and assesses a convenience fee to process your payment. Your summons will be paid and the information forwarded by nCourt to Town Court. nCourt is a full service PCI-compliant e-commerce partner for courts and other government agencies.
Call 1-888-912-1541. Credit Cards only (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover). nCourt is a 3rd party phone payment provider and assesses a convenience fee to process your payment. Your summons will be paid and the information forwarded by nCourt to Town Court. nCourt is a full service PCI - compliant e-commerce partner for courts and other government agencies.
The court does not accept personal checks.
In order to obtain a public defender, you must be charged with a violation, misdemeanor or felony and qualify financially. The application for the public defender's services may be obtained from the court clerk at your appearance. If you qualify, the court will appoint such counsel. An attorney from the Schenectady county Public Defender's Office will be present during court time.
In order to file a small claim in our Court, the person or corporation whom you are suing must either live, work or have an office in the Town of Niskayuna. The address you provide the court must be one that is located in the Town and can not be a PO Box.
The amount of your claim can not exceed $3,000. The filing fee is $10.00 if your claim is for $1,000 or less, and $15.00 if it is over $1,000.
You may file the paperwork at the Court Office during normal business hours. Corporations and partnerships may not file small claims in the town court. The Court may hear cases brought by DBA's provided they show proof that they are in fact a DBA.
In the cases of evictions and any other civil matters, other than small claims, you should contact the court for the proper procedures and information regarding the specific paperwork you will need to obtain from a legal supply store.
Youth Court accepts referrals from the judges, youth detectives and Niskayuna High School administration. Youth Court is a voluntary alternative to the criminal justice system for young people who have committed a crime or an offense. The goal of Youth Court is to intervene in early anti-social, delinquent, and criminal behavior; and to reduce the incidence and prevent the escalation of such behavior. Youth Court strives to promote feelings of self esteem and a desire for self improvement, and to foster a healthy attitude toward rules and authority. Youth Court also offers a law-related education program for young people who seek to become members of the court. Youth Court sessions are not open to the public.
Youth Court Director: Geoff Stroebel, (518) 386-4570
From the North – South on Balltown Road (Rt 146), pass Niskayuna HS, take left onto Nott Street East, Town Hall is approximately ¼ mile on the left.
From Schenectady – East on Rt. 7, left onto Balltown Road, right onto Nott Street East, Town Hall is approximately ¼ mile on the left.
From Latham – West on Rt. 7 (towards Schenectady), right onto Balltown Road, right onto Nott Street East, Town Hall is approximately ¼ mile on the left.