VILLAGE OF CHESTER JUSTICE COURT
47 Main Street
Chester NY 10918
Chris Johnson, Court Clerk
Hon. L. Fred VanDerMeulen
Hon. Stephen R Hunter
JUSTICE COURT HANDLES:
violations and misdemeanor tickets
misdemeanors and felony arraignments
Civil court actions,
small claims court, eviction proceedings
Jury trials for
misdemeanors, bench trials
The Village of Chester Justice Court is open to the public.
The Village of Chester Court is located behind the Police Station at
47 Main St. Chester NY. The Court Clerk’s office is located in the
Village Hall. The court clerk can be reached @ (845)469-8584.
The Court Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday
9:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm (the court office is closed
daily 1:00pm to 2:00pm)
Traffic Court is in session on
Thursday nights at 7:00pm (Except the 1st Thursday) and the 4th
Monday of the month at 7:00pm.
Criminal Court is in session on
Thursday nights at either 3:00 pm or 5:00 pm. Check the date and
time on your notice or contact the court clerk.
Traffic/Parking Ticket Info:
Village of Chester Court is located behind the Police
Station at 47 Main St., Chester, NY. The Court Clerk's
office is in the Village Hall. The court can be reached
at (845) 469-8584.
Traffic Court is in session on Thursday nights at 7:00
Criminal Court is in session on Thursday nights at
either 3:00 pm or 5:00 pm. Check the date and time on
your notice or contact the court clerk.
The Court Clerk is available during the day
Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-5:00 pm and on Friday 9:00 am
until 12 noon at the Village Hall at 47 Main St. (next
to the Police Station)
ANSWERING PARKING TICKETS:
To plead GUILTY to a parking
ticket, fill out the back of the ticket, and enclose a
Certified Check or Money Order for the amount shown on
the front (DO NOT SEND CASH)
Then mail the ticket and payment to:
The Village of Chester Court
47 Main St
Chester, NY 10918
To plead INNOCENT and request a
trial, fill out the back of the ticket and mail it
Certified Return Receipt Requested to the above
address. The court will mail a notice when a trial date
To answer a traffic Parking Ticket in person, check
the date and time on the bottom of the front of the
ticket. This is your appearance date/time. Report to the
court at the above address.
To answer a traffic ticket (other than a
Misdemeanor) by mail, look on the back
and follow the directions. Misdemeanor charges
MUST be answered in person.
Section "A" is for a plea of GUILTY.
The court will then notify you by mail of the fine.
Please make sure your name and correct mailing address
is filled out. Mail the ticket by Certified Mail
(return receipt requested) to the court address above.
Section "B" is for a plea of NOT
GUILTY. Upon entering a plea of not guilty, the
court will send you a notice of "Appearance/Pre-Trial
Conference". This is a conference with the
Prosecutor to attempt to reach a disposition.
no disposition can be agreed upon, then a trial date
will be set. The court will then notify you by mail of
your trial date. Please make sure your name and correct
mailing address is filled out. Mail the ticket by
Certified Mail to the court address above.
entitled to an Attorney at every stage of the
FAILURE TO APPEAR AT THE
CONFERENCE" MAY RESULT IN THE SUSPENSION OF YOUR
To answer a traffic ticket in person, check the
date and time on the bottom of the front of the ticket.
This is your appearance date/time. Report to the court
at the above address.
DRIVERS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE:
the driver is under the age of 18, a Parent or Guardian
must also complete the bottom portion of the traffic
FAILING TO ANSWER OR PAY A FINE ON A
TRAFFIC OR PARKING TICKET
fail to either answer, appear or pay a fine on either a
traffic or parking ticket, your license and/or
registration may be subject to suspension and warrant
may be issued for your arrest.
Contact the court if you cannot appear on your scheduled
date or if you will be late.
To file a claim in the small claims part, you must first make sure
that the court has jurisdiction over the defendant (the person you
are seeking damages from) that person must live or conduct business
within the Village of Chester. The claim is limited to $3000.00 or
To commence a small claim, you must file a complaint using a
specific form. The court has this form you must use. You must file
the form in person at the court.
Filing fees for small claims are:
$10.00 for claims up to $1000.00
$15.00 for claims $1001.00-$3000.00
The Court is a
place of business and as such, persons should dress accordingly.
Beachwear, cut offs, muscle shirts halter/tube tops, are prohibited.
PERSONS, PACKAGES AND BAGS ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH
PROHIBITED ITEMS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
Weapons of any type.
Cutting instruments of any type—includes knives,
scissors, or anything with a cutting edge, etc.
Tools of any type.
Aerosol sprays or containers—includes mace, pepper
spray, hairspray, shaving cream, etc.
Electronic device or equipment of any type—includes
cellular (CELL) telephones, personal assistant devices (PDAs),
Palm Notepads, Blackberrys, pagers, iPods or Walkmans
(or any equivalent MP3 or CD players or recorders);
radios or cassette players or recorders; or hand-held or
key-ring games; computers; video games as well as video games of any type.
Photographic or audio-visual equipment of any
type—includes cameras, video or audio recorders or
Food or Drink
Permanent markers or markers of any type.
Advise Court Personnel if you have any electronic
implanted medical devices.
While Court is in
session, recording is in progress.
Please be seated and remain quiet.