Mission / Vision Statement
The court staff provides accurate records and information, manages a progressive office and maintains an efficient court while assisting the Town Justices in dispensing justice in the Pittsford Community with honor, integrity and dignity.
Town Court - types of cases
Criminal, Traffic and Parking matters
Violations of Town & Village Ordinances, including dog matters
Civil, Evictions and Small Claims matters
Court is in session every Thursday, excluding holidays. The Court schedule varies; hearings, trials and small claims matters are scheduled at various dates and times as needed. If you have questions about your Court appearance time, please call the Court office at 248-6238.
- How can I find the court for the Town of Pittsford?
- What payment options are available to me?
- Cash, money orders, certified bank checks. Personal checks are NOT accepted.
- Credit cards accepted online or in person.
- A service fee is added to all credit card payments, at the point of sale.
- Onsite PLC # a004ju (Town of Pittsford, Court Payments/Judge Bernacki) https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/cyg/plc/a004ju
- Onsite PLC # a004jv (Town of Pittsford, Court Payments/Michael Ansladi) https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/cyg/plc/a004jv
- Per VTL 1802(2) a monthly installment payment plan option is available to pay fines, fees, and surcharges in vehicle and traffic cases. Please reach out to the Court for further details on how to get set up.
- I have received a traffic ticket - what do I do now?
There are three ways to answer a traffic ticket:
- Plead guilty by mail (Section A of your ticket). Print your name and CURRENT ADDRESS, including zip code, date and sign. A fine and surcharge will be imposed by the Court and you will be notified by mail, with payment instructions.
- Plead Not guilty by mail (Section B of your ticket). Print your name and CURRENT ADDRESS, including zip code, date and sign. A new court date will be mailed to you at which time you will be scheduled for a conference with the Assistant District Attorney assigned to Pittsford Town Court. This is not a personal appointment and traffic matters are heard at the end of the criminal docket.
- Plead Not guilty by mail (Section B of your ticket). Print your name and CURRENT ADDRESS, including zip code, date and sign. A new court date will be mailed to you at which time you will be scheduled for a conference with the Assistant District Attorney assigned to Pittsford Town Court. This is not a personal appointment and traffic matters are heard at the end of the criminal docket. You also have the option to work with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Traffic Reduction Program, the new court date that is mailed to you is the control date to have the Traffic Reduction Program completed by. If you choose this option, please make a note on your ticket. This is through the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, all questions should be directed to them, follow this link: https://www.monroecounty.gov/da-vehicle-traffic for further details.
- Personally appear on the court date stated on the face of your ticket (located at the lower left corner of your ticket). The Assistant District Attorney will screen your ticket at that date and time.
- I have received a parking ticket - what do I do now?
- Parking tickets are issued in the Village and Town of Pittsford by a Parking Monitor or the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.
- The amount of the fine and the violation is on the face of the ticket (envelope).
- If you plead guilty, simply print your name & address on the envelope and mail in the fine amount (personal checks are NOT accepted; see "What payment options are available" section above for payment options).
- To plead Not Guilty, check that box and mail in with your name & address printed on the envelope. You will be notified of a trial court date, so the officer can be present.
- If you appear in court on the date set on the ticket, you can advise the Judge of your story, however, the trial cannot be held that night, as the officer will not be present
- Can you provide me with information regarding Small Claims Court?
Court Clerks cannot provide legal advice, however:
- Town and Village Courts have jurisdiction over civil complaints for money damages up to $3,000.
- Jurisdiction is based on where the defendant (person being sued) lives, works or has a place of business. Therefore, the person or business being sued must be located in the Town of Pittsford. You must have an exact address as notice is by mail (post office addresses do NOT work for small claims cases).
- Corporations, partnerships, association and assignees CANNOT bring an action in Small Claims Court but they CAN be sued in Small Claims Court.
- Filing fees are $10 for claims up to $1,000 and $15 for claims over $1,000 to a maximum of $3,000. Fees can be paid by cash, money order or credit card.
- You will need a brief description of your complaint and the clerks will fill out the form, set a hearing date, and serve the defendant by mail. The burden of proof is on the plaintiff (person bringing the action) and you will need to present any evidence or witnesses at the hearing date.