Perinton Town Court
Perinton Town Court, is a part of the State of New York Unified Court System, has jurisdiction to hear both criminal and civil matters.
On the criminal side, Perinton Town Court is authorized to handle matters involving the prosecution of felonies, misdemeanors and violations that are committed within the town’s geographic boundaries. Perinton Town Judges conduct arraignments and preliminary hearings in felony matters, and hold bench and jury trials in misdemeanor matters.
On the civil side, the Court hears small claims proceedings seeking monetary awards up to $3,000.00. The Court also handles landlord/tenant matters that may result in an eviction and may award money judgments for back rent that is due. The amount of an award in a landlord/tenant matter is unlimited.
Town and Village courts are best known for their small claims parts. Small claims proceedings are intended to provide low-cost, simplified and informal procedure for individuals to resolve disputes involving limited monetary claims. Often individual litigants do not use an attorney in these matters and are not required to do so. Town Justices are required to be on-call 24 hours a day and are often called upon to arraign individuals on misdemeanor and felony charges as well as to serve as acting Family Court judges when Family Court is not in session. In cases involving domestic violence, the judges are also authorized to issue orders of protection.