The Hillsdale Town Court is the first level trial court in the New York State Court System. The Court has jurisdiction over vehicle and traffic matters, small claims (up to $3000), tenancy, civil and criminal matters. It has the authority to arraign persons on all charges, but is generally limited to violations and misdemeanors. The Town justices are also empowered to officiate at weddings of all who possess a valid marriage license, in the State of New York.
P.O. Box 305
Hillsdale, NY 12529
Telephone: (518) 325-5073
Fax: (518) 325-6917
Justice – Mark Cawley
Justice – Russ Immarigeon
Court Clerk – Jan Keefner
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30-12:00 & 1:00-4:00; Wednesdays 8:30-12:00 & 1:00-3:00
Court is in session every Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm in the Hillsdale Town Hall. Cases involving the Columbia County District Attorney are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month unless otherwise announced.
The Town of Hillsdale funds the Court and receives a flat fee of $15 for each fine levied for the vehicle and traffic convictions. The Town’s share of penal and local law violations varies, according to the infraction. Each justice must complete a mandatory certification program and attend bi-annual advanced training courses. Both justices are fully certified.
The voters of Hillsdale elect the Town Justices to four year terms.