North Tonawanda City, Niagara County

Location & Hours

City Hall
216 Payne Avenue
North Tonawanda, NY 14120

Phone: 716-845-7240
Fax: 716-280-6458
Treatment Court Fax: 716-371-4174

Court Staff

Chief Clerk
Jennifer Steele
Phone: 716-845-7240
Fax: 716-280-6458
[email protected]

Deputy Chief Clerk
JoAnn Kepp
Phone: 716-845-7245
Fax: 716-280-6458
[email protected]

Treatment Court Coordinator
Harmony Retzlaff-Hurtgam
Phone: 716-845-7297
Fax: 716-371-4174
[email protected]


City Court Judge
Hon. Shawn P. Nickerson

City Court Judge
Hon. Luke Brown


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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

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

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

Bail transactions are accepted by the Niagara County Jail. The Court remains open to accept non-fee filings and emergency payment of fines and fees until 4:30 p.m.

The determination of emergency circumstances for the acceptance of payment of fines and fees is to be made by the supervisor of the court.

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