Town Court

2609 State Route 23
P.O. Box 305
Hillsdale, NY 12529
Court Clerk Office: (518) 325-5073 ext. 4
Fax: (518) 325-6917

Justice: Mark Cawley
Justice: Russ Immarigeon

Court Clerk: Kati Bell
Court Clerk Office Hours:
Tuesdays 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Wednesdays 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Thursdays 8 am – 2:15
On DA court days, the third Wednesday of the month, Noon – 4 pm

While we do our best to post changes to normal office hours, we do recommend you contact the court via phone to confirm the hours for the day you intend to come in as emergencies do arise. 

For Evictions and Small Claims:
Court is in session the first Wednesday evening of the month at 6 pm in the Hillsdale Town Hall.

For Vehicle & Traffic & Criminal Cases involving the Columbia County District Attorney:
Court is in session the third Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise announced, at 5 pm and 6 pm.

About 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, criminal matters, small claims cases (up to $3000), landlord-tenant cases. It has the authority to arraign persons on all charges, but is generally limited to adjudication of non-felony charges.

The Town justices are also empowered to officiate at weddings of all who possess a valid marriage license in the State of New York. The voters of Hillsdale elect the Town Justices to four year terms.

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions:

Q:  What do I do if I receive a traffic ticket?

If you have received a vehicle and traffic infraction or violation you may either appear in person on the date indicated on your ticket, or you may sign either the guilty or not guilty section and mail it back to the court by the date indicated on your ticket.

Q:  What if I have been issued a criminal charge?

For criminal matters, you must appear in person on the date and time specified. Criminal matters are Misdemeanor or Felony offenses of either the Penal Law or Vehicle and Traffic Law, or Violations of the Penal Law.

Q:  Can I handle my case by mail?

The Town of Hillsdale Court does allow plea by mail for SIMPLE vehicle and traffic cases ONLY (not for criminal cases). You must go to the Columbia County District Attorney website and follow the steps to complete the plea by mail process. You must contact the court immediately if you choose to initiate this process. You must follow up with the court on your normally scheduled appearance dates every month to ensure your case is in good standing until the process is completed. This process is not monitored or initiated by the court and solely falls on the defendant to make sure all steps are completed accurately and timely.

Q:  What if I need an adjournment?

Adjournment requests must be made at least a week prior to your scheduled court date. You can come in person or call during business hours to make the request. You may also request the adjournment in writing by fax or mail, but the court must receive it a week prior to your date and you must follow up with the court to get a response. Each of the court’s responses to a request are on a case by case basis.

Q:  How do I make a payment, and what payment forms are accepted?

Payments can be taken in the form of personal check, money order, or bank check by mail.

In person payments can be taken during office hours by way of check, cash (exact amount only), and Visa or Master Card as long as the card holder is present to sign. ID may be required. NOTE: there is a 2.99% transaction fee to process all credit cards.

Q:  What is your mailing address?

Please mail all correspondence to the Hillsdale Town Court- PO Box 305 Hillsdale, NY 12529.

Q:  What is your physical address?

2609 State Route 23 Hillsdale, NY 12529