ADR Programs in Civil Court (New York City)

The Civil Court of the City of New York has jurisdiction over civil cases involving amounts up to $25,000 and other civil matters referred to it by the Supreme Court. It includes a small claims part for informal dispositions of matters not exceeding $5,000 and a housing part for landlord-tenant matters of unlimited amounts and housing code violations.

Small Claims Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)

The NYC Civil Court is now offering online dispute resolution (ODR) for small claims cases.  Through the use of technology, ODR allows for the resolution of disputes online. 

Learn more about how ODR works, which cases are eligible and how to file online. 

Small Claims Mediation

Each borough has a mediation program. For more information, call Eddy Valdez at 646-386-5417 or send email to

Small Claims Arbitration

Small Claims Arbitrators hear cases when the parties agree to arbitration.  Arbitrators hear most small claims cases in New York City. In voluntary arbitration, the arbitrator's award is binding and final.  Parties may not seek a trial if they are dissatisfied with the arbitrator's award.  To learn more about arbitration in Small Claims court, contact the Deputy Chief Clerk for Small Claims Matters, Frank Troppea at (646) 386-5751 or send an email to

If you are an attorney and wish to learn more about the Small Claims Arbitrators Association, contact Joseph Gebbia, Executive Director of the Small Claims Arbitrators Association, at 646-386-3975, or send an email to