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Justice Court

  • All Court appearances are being held in person. Limited virtual appearances may still be approved by the Judge.
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  • In addition: the Town of Clay Court link for virtual court is no longer active. We are sorry for the inconvenience. If you have any questions please contact your lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer you can call the Court at 315-935-2055 (Judge Lauri; last names A-K) or 315-935-2056 (Judge Schiano; last names L-Z)
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  • Waivers - Attorney Use Only
  • Disposition Form
  • Arraignment Form
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  • WARNING: By Order of Judge Lauri and Judge Schiano, no person is permitted to record any virtual proceeding of the Town of Clay Court by any means (video and/or audio). Violation of this Order may be punished as a Contempt of Court.
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  • JUDGE:
  • Honorable Brian J. Lauri
  • LAST NAME:
  • begins with A-K
  • PHONE: 315-935-2055
  • Press 1 for Traffic/DWI/Small Claims/Evictions
  • Press 2 for all other matters

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  • JUDGE:
  • Honorable Jeffrey Schiano
  • LAST NAME:
  • 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 must be through front doors.  Court hours after 4:30 p.m., please use the back entrance and park in the 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

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 and the Town Website Calendar

 

Cases Judge Lauri Judge Schiano
REGULAR CRIMINAL CALENDAR  Tuesdays, 4:00 PM Wednesdays, 5:00 PM 
DWI 3rd Friday of the Month at 8:45 AM 2nd & 4th Friday of the Month at 9:30 AM
EVICTIONS 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the Month at 1:30 PM
Please call ahead to confirm date/time
1st & 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 9:30 AM
Please call ahead to confirm date/time
SMALL CLAIMS 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 2:00 PM 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 9:30 AM
STATE/TOWN CODE VIOLATIONS 1st Tuesday of the Month at 4:00 PM 1st Wednesday of the Month at 4:00 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 4:00 p.m. Judge Schiano has cases with defendant's last name which begin L-Z. Judge Schiano has court on Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:00 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 or small claims matters.