Town of
Ulster
 
 Courts 

Town of Ulster Justice Court


Town of Ulster Court
1 Town Hall Drive
Lake Katrine, NY 12449
(845) 382-1737
(845) 382-1838
Hours of Operation:

Town of Ulster Court Office is Open: 

 

Monday - Friday

9:00AM - 12:00PM and 1:00PM - 4:00PM 

 

Please Note, the Court DOES NOT take telephone calls on Fridays

Justices:
Justice Susan Kesick
Phone: (845) 382-1737
Justice Marsha Solomon Weiss
Phone: (845) 382-1737
Contacts:
Clerk to Justice Kesick
Anne Raskoskie
1 Town Hall Drive
Lake Katrine, NY 12449
Phone: (845) 382-1737
Fax: (845) 382-1838
Clerk to Justice Weiss
Pat Ilgner
1 Town Hall Drive
Lake Katrine, NY 12449
Phone: (845) 382-1737
Fax: (845) 382-1838
Links:
Directions to Town of Ulster Court

Where is the Town of Ulster Court?  The Town of Ulster Court is located in the Town of Ulster Town Hall in Lake Katrine.  Click on the link above for a printable map and also written directions to the Town Hall. 

NYS Department of Motor Vehicles

Department of Motor Vehicles:  Information on tickets, the point system, suspended license, driver responsibility program and more.

A Guide to New York Small Claim Court
General information on the Small Claim Court
NYS Consumer Protection Board Site
General Information on Small Claims Court
FAQs:
Traffic Ticket, Criminal Case and Small Claim Frequently Asked Questions:



Traffic Tickets:

What if I can not read my traffic ticket as to the date or the court?

Immediately contact the police agency that issued the ticket.  They will gladly advise you as to the proper date and court.

How do I plead to a ticket?

There are 3 ways to plead to a traffic ticket,  NON-MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES ONLY:


  • Plea of Guilty: Sign the "Guilty" section on your ticket and mail it to the court.  The Court will then notify you by mail as to your fine and/or surcharge.  Remember to keep a copy of the ticket for your records.

  • Plea of Guilty with Explanation: Sign the "Guilty" section on your ticket and enter an explanation in the space provided.  You may also attach your explanation on a separate piece of paper.  The court will take your explanation into consideration when assessing the fine.  An explanation will not change the section you were charged with.  Remember to keep a copy of the ticket for your records.

  • Plea of Not Guilty: Sign the "Not Guilty" section on your ticket and mail it to the court.  The court will then notify you by mail as to your trial date.  Remember to keep a copy of the ticket for your records.

Please keep in mind that the appearance date on your ticket is your first appearance in court.  If you wish to personally speak with the Justice and enter a plea of Guilty, or Guilty with Explanation, you may appear on this date.  If you are pleading not guilty, keep in mind that the date on your ticket is only the date to enter a plea, and not your trial date.

**Be sure to always include a complete, correct mailing address for the court!!**

How do I know if I need an attorney?
If  you are unsure of the charges, or how to proceed, then you may need to consult an attorney.  However, this is an individual decision.
Can I reschedule the time and date of my appearance if I am working or out of town?
If you would like to reschedule your appearance time and date contact the court as soon as possible.
I just want to mail in the ticket and pay the fine. What is the process?
Follow the process as stated above in "How do I Plead to a Ticket?".
What type of payments are acceptable?
  • For payments made in person: Cash, Money Order, Certified Check or Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard ONLY) are acceptable methods of payment for fines.
  •  If making a payment by mail:  Money Order, Certified Check, or Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard ONLY) are acceptable methods of payment.  Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your receipt.

Remember, PERSONAL CHECKS and FAXED PAYMENTS are NOT accepted Payments must be made in U.S. funds.

What if I miss my court date?
Contact the court for further instructions.
What if my license has been suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles?
  • If you have been suspended for failure to appear: This means you have to enter a plea to the ticket.  You should contact the court for the best way to proceed.
  • If you have been suspended for failure to pay: This means you have failed to pay the fine/surcharge amount that was assessed by the court.  You should contact the court for the exact amount that is owed after the suspension is in effect.

The suspension paper sent to you by Department of Motor Vehicles should be returned with you plea or payment so the court may sign it and send it back to you for your proof that the suspension has been lifted.  

How long does it take to have the suspension lifted?
You must pay the fine/surcharge, and the mandatory lift fee if the license is already suspended, and then the court will lift the suspension immediately.  The court will notify the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Why do I have to pay a surcharge?
The surcharge is a mandatory fee imposed by the State of New York that must be paid on every ticket.
Can I just fix it myself and bring in the receipt for the repair?

In some cases, yes.  In most cases, you have to have a statement of correction for equipment defect that can be obtained from any police agency OR from a certified motor vehicle repair shop.  Contact the court for further information.

How can I get a ticket dismissed for an equipment violation that has been corrected?
The charge will be dismissed if proof is presented to the court that the defect was corrected prior to 1/2 hour after sunset on the first full business day after the issuance of the summons.
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Criminal Cases:
How do I know if I need an attorney?
If  you are unsure of the charges, or how to proceed, then you may need to consult an attorney.  However, this is an individual decision.
Can I reschedule the time and date of my appearance if I am working or out of town?
If you would like to reschedule your appearance time and date contact the court as soon as possible.
What type of payments are acceptable?
  • For payments made in person: Cash, Money Order, Certified Check or Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard ONLY) are acceptable methods of payment for fines.
  •  If making a payment by mail:  Money Order, Certified Check, or Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard ONLY) are acceptable methods of payment.  Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your receipt. Questions?? Call the Court at (845) 382-1737.

 

Remember, PERSONAL CHECKS and FAXED PAYMENTS are NOT accepted.  all payments must be made in U.S. funds.

What if I miss my court date?
Contact the court for further instructions.
Why do I have to pay a surcharge?
The surcharge is a mandatory fee imposed by the State of New York that must be paid on every ticket.
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Small Claims:
Can I file a small claim in any court?

No, the small claim action must be filed in the court that has jurisdiction where the defendant lives or works, or has a place of business.  If you are a business you must file in a District Court.  The City of Kingston Court is the District Court in our area.

What is the limit for a small claim?
To file a small claim in civil court it must involve no more than $3,000 in damages.
What do I need to file a small claim?

You must appear in person during court office hours to file a claim.  A small claim can be for money value only up to $3,000.  You will need the name and correct address of the person you are filing against.  The court will then schedule a hearing date, somewhere between 22 and 45 days from the date you file.  A small claim application for the Town of Ulster Court can be found below under "Documents"

The filing fees are as follows:

If your claim is $1 to $1,000 the filing fee is $10.00

If your claim is $1,001 to $3,000 the filing fee is $15.00

Please have the exact amount of your filling fee in Cash or Money Order

 

Documents:
Print a small claims application to be used in the Town of Ulster Court.