COURT OPERATIONS DUE TO COVID-19
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The courthouse is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a closure from noon to 1:00 p.m. for lunch.
Face masks are required before entering the courthouse. The Court’s security, based upon information provided and current safety standards, may prohibit you from entering the courthouse.
If you are scheduled for a virtual appearance, please use the link provided to choose your meeting room: http://ww2.nycourts.gov/virtual-meeting-links-30996
The date and time for those appearances will be sent to you (or your attorney) as well as instructions on how to attend the virtual appearance.
Traffic infractions do not require a personal appearance and may be handled by mail or email. For additional information, see the City Prosecutor’s Traffic Ticket page at: https://www.cityofithaca.org/648/Traffic-Tickets.
Traffic non-jury trials are currently being scheduled and you will be advised of the next court date.
All pending civil matters are being scheduled as permitted by Executive and/or Administrative order, and written notice will be sent out to the parties as required/permitted.
If your contact information has changed, please notify the Court.
If you wish to make a payment, you may do so by mailing a signed money order or certified bank check to Ithaca City Court at the address listed below. THE COURT DOES NOT ACCEPT PERSONAL or BUSINESS CHECKS as a matter of practice. Attorney firm checks are accepted. Credit card payments are accepted in person only, subject to a 2.99% fee.
Location & Hours118 E. Clinton Street,
Ithaca, NY 14850
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed for lunch from noon to 1pm
(excluding state holidays)
Deputy Chief Clerk
City Court Judges
Hon. Richard M. Wallace, Judge
Hon. Seth J. Peacock, Judge
Court Schedule & Prosecutor Assignment of Cases
Small Claims - Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
Summary Proceedings (Evictions) - Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
Criminal Court - Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. (District Attorney present in Court) and scheduled Fridays at 9:00 a.m. (District Attorney present in Court)
(See below for assignment of cases)
Drug Court - Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.
Jury Trial Terms Terms - 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 13
Upon agreement between the District Attorney of Tompkins County and the City Attorney of the City of Ithaca, cases are assigned for prosecution in the Ithaca City Court as follows:
Cases Assigned to the District Attorney:
- All felonies
- All misdemeanors (including 'local' law misdemeanors)
- 'Local' law violations which are paired with at least one of the above types of cases (with the exception of ABC violations which are paired only with 'local' law violations - see "Cases Assigned to the City Attorney")
Cases Assigned to the City Attorney:
- All 'state' law violations (Transportation and Traffic Law infractions)
- Ithaca City Code 'local' law violations
- Building Code 'local' law violations (including garbage, unshoveled sidewalk, unmowed grass violations)
- SPCA violations (including unlicensed dogs, unleashed dogs)
- 'local law' violations which are paired only with an ABC violation