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Cohoes, NY 12047

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Cohoes City Court
97 Mohawk Street, Room 8
Cohoes, NY 12047
email: cohoescitycourt@courts.state.ny.us
 
Telephone: (518) 453-5501                                                                      
Fax:   (518) 233-8202
 
Court Hours:
Court Clerk’s office window:  Monday through Friday, 8:00 am until 3:30 pm for payment of fines and filing papers.
Telephone hours: Monday through Friday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Office is closed on legal holidays. 
 
Court Schedule:
Monday: 9:00 am Small Claims; Commercial Claims; Civil and Landlord/Tenant
Wednesday: 8:30 am - Traffic Court     10:00 am Landlord/Tenant
Thursday:   12:00 pm - Criminal and Code Violations
 
Cohoes City Court handles the following matters:
 
Traffic and Criminal matters occurring within the City of Cohoes. 
 
Small Claims
The Small Claims Court is an informal court where individuals can sue for money only, up to $5,000 without a lawyer. The defendant (person you are bringing suit against) must reside or work in the County of Albany.  You must have a street address for the party you wish to bring to Court.  P. O. Box Mailing addresses are not accepted.  Please contact the Court for forms and the current filing fees. 
 
Commercial Claims
The Commercial Claims Court is an informal court where corporations, partnerships and associations can sue for money only, up to $5000, without a lawyer. Your lawsuit can be only for money.  The defendant (person you are bringing suit against) must reside or works in the County of Albany.  You must have a street address for the party you wish to bring to Court.  P. O. Box Mailing addresses are not accepted.  Please contact the Court for forms and the current filing fee.  

Landlord/Tenant (Summary Proceedings) for evictions relating to  property which is located in the City of Cohoes.  Please note the Court dates are set by the Court when you file your papers.  When filing papers, please bring the original and TWO copies of the papers.  The current filing fee* is $45.00.  The Court will set the Court date when you file the papers.  Note: It is your responsibility to select and prepare the necessary forms and file when with the Court.  It is RECOMMENDED that you consult with an attorney if you have additional questions regarding the procedures.  Court staff must remain neutral and are unable to assist you with the preparation of your paperwork.
Information and forms Landlord/Tenant cases can be found at these locations:

Do it yourself forms:
Landlord/Tenant DIY non-payment eviction forms & information -
Pro se use only.
Tenant Vacate Default Judgment DIY form & information
Other form and information:
Landlord/Tenant holdover forms & information
Landlord/Tenant non-payment eviction forms & information
 
Civil matters not to exceed $15,000.00.  
Current filing fees* $45.00 First Paper Fee; $95.00 Consumer Credit Fee.  Please contact the Court for the filing fee.

If a case does not fall within the jurisdiction of small claims court or summary proceedings, then you may be able to bring a civil action in the City Court.

The Court has jurisdiction for actions and proceedings for the recovery of money or personal property where the amount sought to be recovered or the value of the property does not exceed $15,000. To bring a civil action in the City Court, EITHER the plaintiff or the defendant must:
  • be a resident of the City or be a resident of a town contiguous to the City; or
  • have regular employment within the City; or
  • have a place for the regular transaction of business within the City.
A suit is commenced in the City Court upon filing a summons and complaint with the Court and service of a summons and complaint upon a defendant, with proof of service. The Court does not provide forms for this type of procedure.  Forms can be obtained them from an attorney or you may contact your local law library for assistance. 

It is RECOMMENDED that a plaintiff seek the advice of counsel in filing a civil action. Please note that the Court cannot provide legal assistance in the preparation of Civil matters.
 
Additional Information:
Methods of payment for fines/filing fees:
Cash (in person);
Credit Cards (Mastercard, VISA and Discover)
**Cardholder MUST be present or a payment authorization with copy of
cardholder’s photo ID must be submitted
Cashier or Bank Check. 
Money order
The Court does not accept personal checks.
All payments must be made in person or by mail.  Telephone payments are NOT accepted.  If you wish to fax a credit card payment, please call the Court before faxing. 
 
Other Links/Contacts:
New York State Court website
Third Judicial Administrative Office
Albany County Law Library
New York State Law Libraries 





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