Hon. Christopher Clauson
Court: Monday @ 5:00 PM
Town Justice since 1992

Hon. Jules Ravo
Court: Wednesday @ 5:00 PM
Town Justice since 2014

COURT CLERKS:
Deborah Gallagher, Senior Clerk
Taylor Turcsik

PHONE:
(607) 844-8888 (Option 1)

FAX:
(607) 240-5064

IN-PERSON OPERATIONS:
AT THIS TIME, MOST OPERATIONS ARE BEGINNING THE SHIFT BACK TO IN-PERSON OPERATIONS.

 In-person operations will be scheduled within 15 minute blocks. It is important that you appear at the EXACT scheduled time or only 5 minutes prior to be signed in. The entrance for in-person operations is at the back of the Town Hall.
• MONDAY COURT will shift to in-person beginning: April 5, 2021
• WEDNESDAY NIGHT COURT will shift to in-person beginning: March 17, 2021
All first appearances are scheduled to be in-person unless scheduled otherwise.
If it is necessary that your appearance be scheduled virtually, please contact the Court at the above number PRIOR TO THE APPEARANE DATE.

VIRTUAL COURT:
If your appearance is scheduled virtually, please see the below information:

Microsoft Teams Meeting
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Or Call-In (audio only)
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Please Note:
1. When you click on the link to join the Microsoft Teams Meeting, you will be prompted to download an app on your phone or computer. Please do so and then re-enter the virtual Court lobby using the above link.
2. When you join the meeting via the link, you will be placed in a lobby and the Court will let you into the meeting at the appropriate time. If for some reason you leave the meeting or the session times out, the Court will re-admit you to the meeting once you sign back on and enter the lobby.
3. When utilizing the Call-In feature, your microphone will automatically be muted. You must unmute yourself for the Judge to hear you.
4. It is recommended that you keep you microphone muted and video off until you are requested to speak. This will minimize distractions for all people.
5. All court sessions are audio recorded. The video may also be recorded when the Court feels this is helpful, or in necessary situations.
6. If you are having trouble joining the meeting, you can try calling the court. However, due to limited staffing, there is no guarantee that your call will be answered during court. If you cannot get through, call the following business day during office hours to discuss the next step in your matter(s). THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

IN-PERSON OFFICE HOURS:
Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM to NOON

COURT HOLIDAYS:
Please note holidays that the Court will be closed – COURT HOLIDAYS

TO REQUEST INFORMATION:
Please fill out and file with the court – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

MAIL WAIVER TO CHANGE OR ENTER YOUR PLEA:
Please fill out and mail the waiver form to the court – PLEA BY MAIL WAIVER

TO APPLY FOR TOMPKINS COUNTY ASSIGNED COUNSEL:
You may now apply for Assigned Counsel through an online eligibility application.

How It WorksApplicants can apply entirely online/paperless using their phone, mobile device, or computer. At the time of application, relevant income verification should be uploaded- such as pay stubs, unemployment benefits, etc. Upon submission if the application is incomplete or if we have questions, the client will receive an email from our office with a comment of what is needed and a link to respond with needed information. If after the second attempt our office still needs additional information, the applicant will receive an email from our office prompting applicant to contact our office via phone.

Please use the following application to apply online: Application Affidavit Online
For more information on the Assigned Counsel Program, please visit: http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/ac

TO MAKE PAYMENTS ON PENDING MATTERS:
• Send a money order or certified check (payable to Dryden Town Court) via mail to:
     – Dryden Town Court, 93 E Main Street, Dryden, NY  13053
• Pay online: paycourtonline.com
     – You will need your case or ticket number for this option
• Pay over the phone: 1-888-912-1541 (service fees apply)
     – You will need your case or ticket number for this option
• Pay in-person during office hours:
     – Acceptable forms of payment during office hours include – cash, credit, money order, or certified check

FILING FEES:
• SMALL CLAIMS
     – Up to$1,000.00 = $10.00 File Fee
     – Between $1,000.00 and $3,000.00 (maximum) = $15.00 File Fee
     – To file a small claims in Dryden Town Court – SMALL CLAIMS DRYDEN TOWN COURT
• SUMMARY PROCEEDINGS (EVICTIONS) – CIVIL
     – $20.00 File Fee
     – For summary proceeding or eviction proceeding information refer to the website – nycourts.gov
     – You may refer to the handbook which could also be found on the above website – SMALL CLAIMS HANDBOOK

FOR CONSIDERATION OR REDUCTION ON A VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC TICKET (AN INFRACTION OR VIOLATION IN NATURE):
The Justice cannot reduce or amend any traffic infractions… If you would like reduction or consideration of the Vehicle and Traffic Law infraction(s) currently pending against you in this Court:
     – Appear on the date and time you were issued
     – You may refer to the Tompkins County District Attorneys website at – http://tompkinscountyny.gov/da
     – Look for “traffic infractions all other courts” in PDF form
     – Or You may write to the DA:
          • Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office: 320 North Tioga Street Ithaca New York 14850

* Due to COVID- 19 in person operations are on a limited basis or may be Virtual… Please call the court for questions pertaining to your matter(s)*

* Face covering and sign-in will be required when appearing during office hours – COVID restrictions must be followed*