Janet M. Haislip
Joseph J. Ranni
1786 Kings Highway
Chester, NY 10918
P: (845) 469-9541
Directions to Court
Monday - Thursday
8am - 5pm
You may also pay fines by mail. It is suggested that you send either a certified check or money order. Please do not send cash.
When you receive a traffic ticket, you may plead guilty or not guilty by signing the ticket and sending it to the court no later than the appearance date noted on the ticket. All of this information is printed on your ticket. You should review it carefully.
If you plead guilty, the court will notify you, by mail, of the amount of the fine and any mandatory surcharge.
If you plead not guilty, the court will notify you, by mail, of a trial date. You must appear on that date. If you fail to appear, your driver’s license may be suspended.
To ensure proper notification, please advise the court promptly of any change of address.
To file a claim in the small claims part of the court, you must first make sure that the court has jurisdiction over the defendant (the person you are seeking damages from). That person (or corporation) must live or conduct business within the Town of Chester. The claim is limited to $3,000 dollars or less.
A booklet explaining your rights as a small claimant is available at the court office during business hours.
To commence a small claim, you must file a complaint using a specific form. The court has the form that you must use.
You must file the form in person at the court. You may do so between the hours of 8:00 and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Please note that the form must be properly completed, signed and acknowledged. It is strongly suggested that you read the booklet in its entirety.
Filing Fees for small claims are:
$10.00 for claims up to $1,000.00
$15.00 for claims over $1,000.00
Court proceedings are open to the public. Should you wish to have a youth group, class or other large group observe, you are asked to contact the court during business hours so that we may accommodate you.