The Village Justice Court provides a forum through which citizens may seek redress while offering fair treatment to all individuals who come into the judicial process. The Court at all times conducts itself in a professional and courteous manner. The Village Court has jurisdiction over crimes committed within Scarsdale – partial jurisdiction for felonies and complete jurisdiction over misdemeanors, traffic, parking and Village Code Violations. The Court also has jurisdiction over civil actions (including small claims) up to $3,000, or to $5,000 when transferred from County or Supreme Court, and all Summary Proceedings (landlord-tenant actions) without limit. Court interpreters are provided for all non-English speaking litigants.
The Village Court is located at 1001 Post Rd, Scarsdale, NY, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Wednesday Court day, the court window will be closed for business at 3 p.m. For more information, please call (914) 722-1120.
- When can fines be paid?
The Court is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fines may be paid from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
- When is the Village Court in session?
Court is in session every Wednesday. Traffic and criminal summonses are answerable at 9:15 a.m., the Criminal Calendar is called beginning at 9:30 a.m. and parking tickets answerable from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m., no later.
Small Claims trials are generally scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of each month. Extra civil and traffic trial days are scheduled as needed.
- Is a personal appearance necessary in answering summonses?
No. Pleas of "guilty" and "not guilty" may be entered by mail. The Court will send further instructions and/or information by return mail. Please call the court to inquire at 914-722-1120
- What happens when a defendant ignores a traffic summons?
If a defendant fails to respond to a traffic summons in person or by mail, fails to appear for a scheduled trial and/or fails to pay the fine, the Motor Vehicle Bureau is notified. The DMV will then suspend the driver's license and the driver will be subject to a misdemeanor charge if stopped by a police officer while driving with a suspended license.
- How many points do various traffic infractions carry?
The point system is controlled by the Motor Vehicle Bureau. The Court does not assign the points, nor can the Court prevent points from being given for moving violations.
- Will the insurance company increase a driver's premiums for a traffic infraction?
The Court has no control over insurance company practices. For information about possible premium increases, one should contact their insurance company or insurance broker.
- Are there any helpful hints for dealing with the Court?
Please remember that the Court's personnel are there to be helpful. None of the clerks were driving your car. None of them parked it; and none of them issued the ticket. The court clerks don't make up the rules or penalties, and they want to help you as much as possible.