By: Undisputed Legal/Court Service Department
City Courts: A City Court exists in every city in the state excluding New York City, and hears both civil and criminal cases. Its criminal caseload includes misdemeanors, violations, traffic offenses, and the preliminary stages of felonies. The City Court hears civil cases involving amounts up to $15,000, small and commercial claims, and disputed traffic tickets. City Court judges are elected to 10-year terms.
New York City Courts: : The Criminal Court of the City of New York hears misdemeanors, other violations, and the preliminary stages of felony cases. The mayor appoints Criminal Court judges from a list of candidates submitted by the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary for 10- year terms.