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.

Notice to Bar

Commencement Documents submitted electronically through EDDS is now available

The Administrative Office of the 8thJudicial District and the NYSCEF Resource Center are pleased to announce, effective April 1, 2023, the expansion of the Electronic Document Delivery System (EDDS), to include the option to submit commencement documents in all City Courts located throughout the 8th Judicial District.


City Court Judge
Hon. John M. Kuzdale

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
[email protected]

Treatment Court Coordinator
Lee Ann Lazarony
Phone: 716-366-9834
[email protected]


Raise the Age Accessible Magistrates

Cass, Stephen - Chautauqua County Court
Piazza, Jeffrey - Chautauqua Family Court
Sullivan, Michael - Chautauqua Family Court
Kalfas, Edward - Chautauqua Town Court
Kuzdale, John - Dunkirk City Court
LaMancuso, John - Jamestown City Court
Panebianco, George - Jamestown 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