Virtual Access To The Courts

5th JUDICIAL DISTRICT VIRTUAL COURT ACCESS PROGRAM

The 5th Judicial District Virtual Court Access Program is a partnership between the 5th Judicial District of the New York State Courts, Community based Organizations and Houses of Worship with the goal of providing locations where community members can connect with the Courts via computer when they need to.

The locations are spread throughout the community, and allow you to appear in the Court via computer at a safe and private location.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, during certain hours.

You likely qualify for these services if you have a Court date in most Courts, except County Court matters and appearances in NYS Town and Village Courts.  

 

HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT:

To make an appointment, please call (315) 671-4699 OR you can E-Mail 5thVirtualCourtAccess@nycourts.gov

You must have the information about your scheduled court date with you, including the date, time, and which court you have to appear in. The person on the phone will take down your information and will schedule you for a location that is most convenient to you.

The Scheduler will provide you with detailed information about your assigned location.

Please let the Scheduler know if you need help with American Sign language or any other language so we can try to have an interpreter available.

 

ON THE DAY OF COURT:

On the day you have Court, you must arrive at your scheduled location 15 minutes prior to your Court time. A volunteer will welcome you, conduct a basic COVID -19 Screening, including taking your temperature. The volunteer will also ask you questions about your health that you can review by clicking here (COVID-19 Questionnaire).

Then the Volunteer will escort you into the private room where they will set you up on the computer to attend Court. If you are unable to pass the COVID screening questions, you will have to reschedule your court date and the Volunteer will help you notify the court.

During your time with the Court, if you need help sending documents to the Court or receiving documents from the Court and printing them, the Volunteer will be there to help you.

There is no day care available, but if you need to bring your children with you, there will be a few educational toys available.

Most Court dates qualify for this program, except for appearances in the Town or Village Courts of the State of New York, or appearances in County Court.

 

SITE LOCATIONS:

Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ
347 Cortland Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13202
(South Side)
Not Handicap Accessible

PEACE, Inc Southside FRC
136 Dr. Martin Luther King West, (formerly W. Castle St.) Syracuse, NY 13205
(South Side)
Not Handicap Accessible

PEACE, Inc.
Westside Family Resource Center (FRC),
200 Wyoming St., Syracuse NY 13204
(West Side)
Handicap Accessible

InterFaith Works
1010 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
(North Side)
Handicap Accessible

PEACE, Inc.
Eastside Family Resource Center
202 South Beech St., Syracuse, NY 13210
(East Side)
Handicap Accessible

Vineyard Church Northside
709 N. Salina St., Syracuse, NY
Handicap Accessible

People's AME Zion Church
2306 S. Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13205
(South Side)
Not Handicap Accessible

Islamic Society.
929 Comstock Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
(East Side/University area)
Not Handicap Accessible

PEACE, Inc.
County West FRC
93 Syracuse St. #700
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
(outside of Syracuse)
Handicap Accessible

Second Olivet Missionary Baptist Church
818 South West Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
(West Side)
Handicap Accessible

 

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

For additional Information, you may contact one of the following partner organizations:

Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.
Hiscock Legal Aid Society
Legal Services of Central New York
Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York
Center for Community Alternatives
Human Services Leadership Coalition

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Courthelp
Do-it-Yourself forms[For divorce, name changes, etc.]
LawHelpNY
LIFT-Legal information for Families
NYCOURTS
Topics A to Z NY Courts

This Project is made possible by the generous support of the Onondaga County Bar Association Bar Foundation and the Central New York legal community and the 5th Judicial District of the New York State Courts.