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Lewis County - Surrogate’s Court


The Surrogate's Court is located on the second floor of the courthouse and has jurisdiction over affairs of decedents, including:

  • probate
  • administration
  • ancillary proceedings
  • small estates
  • accounting
  • compromise
  • settlement of wrongful death actions


7660 State Street, 2nd Floor
Lowville, NY 13367

Phone: 315-376-5344
Fax: 315-376-1647

Surrogate Court Judge
Hon. Daniel R. King

Chief Clerk
Lori K. Pfendler


The Supreme Court has broad authority over all categories of cases, including civil and criminal matters. The Court generally handles civil matters seeking monetary damages greater than $25,000.00. It also hears cases where a party seeks to enjoin or stop certain actions by another party. The Supreme Court is the only Court with the authority to address matters related to the termination of a marriage, including separation, annulment and divorce. While the Supreme Court has authority to hear criminal matters involving felonies (offenses punishable by more than one year in prison), these matters outside of New York City are generally heard in the County Court.

5th Judicial District