RESOURCE CENTER IS LIFELINE
TO TOWN AND VILLAGE JUSTICES
When New York’s town and village justices
have questions — procedural, substantive,
even administrative — about matters
ranging from murder arraignments to charges
of driving while intoxicated, they can call the
City, Town and Village Resource Center.
The center was created in 1990 by the
Office of Court Administration to provide
legal research and technical support for the
approximately 2,200 town and village justices
around the state as well as for justice court
clerks; more recently it became a resource for
city court judges as well. Such assistance,
which is particularly helpful to the town and
village justices who are not attorneys, was
previously available only on an informal basis.
Located in Cohoes, N.Y., just outside of
Albany, the center is staffed by four attorneys,
one of whom is on call weekdays from 5 p.m.
to 9 p.m. to accommodate night court. The
justice courts are funded by the local town or
village, and all town and village justice positions
are part-time (see article, this page).
“The type of questions we receive today
versus 20 years ago hasn’t changed,” said
Paul Toomey, supervising counsel of the center
and also town justice for Sand Lake in
Rensselaer County. “However, the volume
has increased.” The center receives an estimated
15,000 inquiries a year via phone, fax,
e-mails, letters and drop-ins, officials said.
Information about the center is available
at www.nycourts.gov/ea, or call 800-232-0630 or e-mail: ResourceCenter@courts.state.ny.us.
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