Jurisdiction of Trial Courts in Albany and the Greater Capital District

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Jurisdiction of Trial Courts in Albany and the Greater Capital District


Supreme Court has unlimited, original jurisdiction. Supreme Court will generally hear cases that are outside of the jurisdiction of the other courts.



County Court has jurisdiction to hear both civil and criminal matters. County Court has jurisdiction over criminal cases, which includes indicted felonies and lesser offenses. County Court has limited jurisdiction in civil cases seeking monetary awards up to $25,000. County Court is also an intermediate appellate court, which means it has jurisdiction over civil and criminal appeals from the City, Town, and Village Courts within the County.



City Court has jurisdiction to hear both civil and criminal matters. City Court has jurisdiction over criminal cases prosecuting misdemeanors and violations. City Court has jurisdiction in civil cases seeking monetary awards up to $15,000. City Court also has a small claims part. The small claims part has jurisdiction over civil cases with disputed amounts up to $5,000. City Court also has jurisdiction over evictions, vehicle and traffic matters, and violations of City laws or ordinances.



Town and Village Courts have jurisdiction over criminal and civil matters. These Courts have jurisdiction over criminal cases prosecuting misdemeanors and violations and jurisdiction over civil cases seeking monetary awards up to $3,000. Town and Village Courts also have jurisdiction over evictions, small claims, vehicle and traffic matters, and violations of Town or Village laws or ordinances.