Tonawanda City Court, Erie County

Temporary Changes in Court Operations

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024



City Hall
200 Niagara Street
Tonawanda, NY 14150

Phone: 716-845-2160
Fax: 716-845-7590
Treatment Court Fax: 716-845-7299

Court Staff

Chief Clerk
Stacey Bush
Phone: 716-845-2164
Fax: 716-845-7590
[email protected]

Deputy Chief Clerk
Elena Nosworthy
Phone: 716-845-2165
Fax: 716-845-7590
[email protected]

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.


Chief Judge
Hon. Mark Saltarelli

City Court Judge
Hon. Dean Lilac


Raise the Age Accessible Magistrates

Accessible Magistrate Directory

City Treatment Court

Treatment Court Coordinator
Harmony Retzlaff-Hurtgam
Phone: 716-845-2167
Treatment Court Fax: 716-845-7299
[email protected]

Hours of Operation

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

Drug Court
Thursday - 1:00 p.m.

Cashiering Hours
8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Bail can be posted at the Tonawanda Police Department before 8:30 a.m. and after 4:15 pm.

The Court remains open to accept non-fee filings and emergency payment of fines/fees until 4:30 p.m.

The determination of emergency circumstances is to be made by the supervisor of the court only.

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