Dunkirk City Court, Chautauqua County


City Hall
342 Central Avenue
Dunkirk, NY 14048-2122

Phone: 716-366-2055
Fax: 716-366-3622

Hours of Operation

Monday thru Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The court is closed on all state holidays.

Opioid Court: Thursdays - 11:00 a.m.

Treatment Court: Thursdays - 10:30 a.m.


City Court Judge
Hon. John M. Kuzdale

Acting City Court Judge
Hon. Rachel E. Roberts

Court Staff

Chief Clerk
Heather Gunther
Phone: 716-366-2055
Fax: 716-366-3622

Chautauqua County Opioid Court Resource Coordinator
Kristy Holland
Phone: 716-363-6406 Office
716-544-0046 Cell

Treatment Court Coordinator
Lee Ann Lazarony
Phone: 716-366-9834


Raise the Age Accessible Magistrates

Kuzdale, John - Dunkirk City Court
Roberts, Rachel - Dunkirk City Court

Small Claims Filing Instructions

1.  Complete the claim form
You can print the form below and fill it out or complete the form as a fillable PDF and save it.

City Court Small Claims Universal Claim Form

If you will be filing by mail, the claim should be accompanied by an Acknowledgment completed by a Notary Public. 

Acknowledgment Form

2.  Deliver the form to the Court
Once the Claim form is completed it can be delivered with the filing fee to the Court in person or by mail

3.  Paying the filing fee
Small Claim: $15.00 for claims of $1,000.00 or less; $20.00 for claims of $1,001.00 - $5,000.00 (maximum); Commercial Claim: $25.00 plus postage for each Respondent – please contact the Court you are filing in to determine the postage cost per Respondent.

Payment can be made by certified check, money order or in person with a credit card or cash.
Further Information available in the NYS Small Claims Handbook