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Justice Court

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  • JUDGE:
  • Honorable Brian J. Lauri
  • begins with A-K
  • PHONE: 315-935-2055
  • Press 1 for Traffic/DWI
  • Press 2 for all other matters

  • JUDGE:
  • Honorable Jeffrey Schiano
  • begins with L-Z
  • PHONE: 315-935-2056
  • Press 1 for Traffic/DWI/Small Claims/Evictions
  • Press 2 for all other matters

All sessions of court are held in the Court Room at the Clay Town Hall, 4401 NY State Route 31, Clay, New York. Access to the Court Clerks during normal business can be through either the front or rear doors. Use the parking lot to the east (right) side of the building.

Adjournments for criminal matters or for vehicle & traffic matters where you are represented by an attorney, must be done through your attorney. No adjournments will be granted less than 24 hours prior to your scheduled court appearance.

The most updated court dates and times, if not available through your attorney, can be obtained by calling the court clerks using the appropriate extensions for each Judge (listed above). Court times are also located on the Court Adjournments Schedule (Judge Lauri) and theTown Website Calendar

Cases Judge Lauri Judge Schiano
DWI 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:00 PM 2nd Thursday of the month at 9:00 AM
EVICTIONS 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 4:30 PM 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:30 AM
SMALL CLAIMS 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:30 AM
STATE/TOWN CODE VIOLATIONS 1st Tuesday of the month at 4:30 PM 2nd Wednesday of the month at 4:30 PM

Town of Clay court preside over misdemeanor, criminal matters, vehicle and traffic matters, and has preliminary jurisdiction of felony matters. The Courts also have jurisdiction over civil matters such as evictions, small claims up to $3,000 and State/Town Code Violations. Parties to small claims may generally appear without Attorneys. There is no limit on rental claims.

As noted above, Judge Lauri's cases are those with defendant's last name which begin A-K. Judge Lauri has court on Tuesday evenings, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Judge Schiano has cases with defendant's last name which begin L-Z. Judge Schiano has court on Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. Each Judge also has separate dates and times for DWI's, evictions and small claims, and Town/State Code violations, also noted above. Please call the Court at the number listed above to confirm days/times have not changed.

If you are a defendant in a criminal matter, but cannot afford an Attorney, the court will appoint an Attorney to represent you at arraignment. There is no right to an assigned Attorney in evictions/small claims/town code matters.