Lackawanna City Court , Erie County

Temporary Changes in Court Operations

Monday, June 17, 2024




City Hall
714 Ridge Road
Lackawanna, NY 14218
[email protected]

Phone: 716-845-7220
Fax: 716-845-7599

Court Staff

Chief Clerk
Sarah Lacapruccia
Phone: 716-845-7216
Fax: 716-845-7599
[email protected]

Deputy Chief Clerk
Robin Bunte-Fletcher 
Phone: 716-845-9398
Fax: 716-845-7599
[email protected]

Treatment Court Case Manager
Derek Fader
Phone: 716-845-7218
Fax: 716-845-7599
[email protected]


City Court Judge
Hon. Kenneth Szyszkowski

City Court Judge
Hon. Louis Violanti


Raise the Age Accessible Magistrates

Accessible Magistrate Directory


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.

Hours of Operation

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Criminal Court
Tuesday and Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Treatment Court
Monday - 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Traffic Court
Thursday & Friday - 9:00 a.m.

  • If you missed your Traffic Court date (infractions only), you can appear any Thursday or Friday at 9:00 a.m.  You must appear within 60 days of your original court date listed on the ticket or your license will be suspended and there will be additional fees to lift the suspension.   It is advised that you contact the Court the day before to confirm that traffic court has not been cancelled. 
  • If you missed your criminal (misdemeanor tickets) traffic court date, the court may have issued a warrant for your arrest.  You should contact the court as soon as possible.

Civil, Evictions, Commercial Claims and Small Claims hearings
Thursday - 9:00 a.m. / 2:00 p.m.
Friday - 9:00 a.m. / 2:00 p.m.

(Filing of these matters can be done anytime during regular cashiering hours Monday - Friday).

The court is closed on all state holidays.

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