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Supreme Court

Court Description | Filing | Motion Terms | Forms | Supreme Court - IDV Part

46 Greenbush Street, Suite 301
Cortland, NY 13045-2772
Phone: 607-218-3320

Regular Business Hours:
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday




Judges' Chambers

Hon. Phillip R. Rumsey

Principal Law Clerk
Mark G. Masler, Esq.

Secretary to the Judge
Sheryl Holbrook
Phone: 607-218-3340
Fax: 212-520-6830

All visitors must pass through a magnetometer
upon entering the courthouse


Court Clerk's Office

Chief Clerk
Karen Jordan
Phone: 607-218-3320
Fax: 646-963-6452

Court Assistant
Diana Albro

Senior Court Office Assistant
Cindy Spafford

Court Description

Supreme Court generally handles civil matters seeking monetary damages exceeding the amount of $25,000.00. It is also the only court with authority to address matrimonial matters, including separation, annulment, and divorce. While Supreme Court does have the authority to hear criminal matters involving felonies, outside of New York City area these matters are usually heard at the County Court level.


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All Supreme Court papers are filed in the Cortland County Clerk's Office and forwarded to the Court Clerk for submission to the Judge. The Cortland County Clerk's address is:

46 Greenbush Street, Suite 105
Cortland, NY 13045-3702
Phone: 607-753-5021.

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Justice Rumsey's Motion Terms - 2015

All Motion Terms are held at the Cortland County Courthouse at 9:30 a.m.

January 16 (submitted only), March 20, June 5, August 14, September 25, December 18, 2015.

Cortland motions may, in some instances, be brought in Tompkins County. Please contact the Chief Clerk in Cortland.

Tompkins Motion Terms – February 20, May 1, July 17, and November 13, 2015

Attorneys may choose the most recent term at either the Cortland or Tompkins location.

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RJI Forms
Uncontested Divorce Packets
Name Change
Article 81 Guardianship Proceedings

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Supreme Court - IDV Part
(Integrated Domestic Violence)

The Cortland County integrated Domestic Violence (IDV) Court is a court designed to handle
multiple related cases pertaining to a single family where the underlying issue is domestic
violence. It operates under the "one family - one judge" concept allowing a single judge to hear
a family's related cases. IDV Court can handle criminal matters (violations, misdemeanors, and
felonies), family court matters, and matrimonial matters involving the same family where there is
a domestic violence component involved. The interrelated cases are transferred by court order to
IDV Court from local Town Courts, Family Court, County Court and Supreme Court.


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