Elmira City Court


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NOTICE:  Please be advised Elmira City Court is NOT physically accessible, but is otherwise open and "operating virtually" (to the fullest extent permissible under law) on February 2, 2021.  Please send email to ElmiraCityCourt@nycourts.gov for virtual assistance. 


Click here to attend by Microsoft Teams for Judge Forrest
  (Or call (833) 262-7886 and use conference ID 670 995 460)

Click here to attend by Microsoft Teams for Judge Finnerty
  (Or call (833) 262-7886 and use conference ID 617 972 75)

Click here to attend by Microsoft Teams for Civil PTC
(Or call (833) 262-7886 and use conference ID 825 273 167)


Please be advised Elmira City Court has expanded operations to allow for acceptance of all new filings and processing of payments. However, please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency, the court prefers to receive electronic delivery of such business to the greatest extent possible.

Correspondence may be sent to the court by Mail (317 E. Church Street, Elmira, NY 14901), Email (ElmiraCityCourt@nycourts.gov) or Fax (212-401-9240) or through the Electronic Document Delivery System (EDDS) by clicking here.

Making Payments

*No Personal Checks Accepted*

Payment by Money Order / Certified Cashier’s Check: Send along in regular mail with Payment Form found here.

Payment by Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover): Complete Credit Card Authorization Form found here and send electronically with copy of photo I.D. card (scan or digital photo accepted) by E-Mail / Fax / Regular Mail.  

Payment by Cash: Must come into court office to pay in person Monday through Friday, between hours of 8:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. (Closed for lunch hour from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Filing Criminal / General Civil / Small Claims:
If you are filing documents pertaining to an existing case, you may do so using the Electronic Document Delivery System. The link to go directly to the EDDS system is here

Filing Evictions:
If you are seeking to file an eviction proceeding, please know you must file the required original documents by regular mail. Subsequent paperwork to be filed using the EDDS system, found here

Please review the most recent Administrative Order here for additional information.

Administrative Office

317 E. Church Street
Elmira, NY 14901
(Corner of Lake & Church Streets)
Phone 607-873-9520
Fax 212-401-9240
Email ElmiraCityCourt@nycourts.gov

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Judges' Chambers

Honorable Steven W. Forrest
Honorable Peter F. Finnerty

Patricia P. Minchin
Patricia Page

Court Attorneys
Frederick M. Cerio
Paul R. Hart


Chief Clerks

Chief Clerk
Casey Johnson

Deputy Chief Clerk