New York Courthouses

Last updated: September 24, 2013

New York City may be the setting for many a primetime legal drama, but navigating the ins and outs of the city’s multiple court systems is more complicated than it may look on television. The five boroughs of the city each have several courthouses that serve different purposes and handle different kinds of legal issues. The New York City courts usually handle less serious legal issues, like small claims, housing issues and misdemeanors, while the New York State Supreme Courts take on the more serious legal issues, from violent crimes to disputes involving large amounts of money. With hundreds of thousands of cases filed every year, it’s safe to say that these courthouses are some of the busiest in the world. Whatever your legal challenges, this guide to New York City courthouses can help you find your way.

Manhattan (1st Judicial District)

  • New York County Courthouse

    60 Centre Street
    New York
    , NY 10007

    Tel: (646) 386-3600

    Public Transportation:

    4, 5 or 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge station

    M101 or M102 down Lexington Avenue to City Hall

    M15 down Second Avenue

    This court handles all civil cases (non-criminal cases), although some small claims cases (under $25,000) may be transferred to the New York City Civil Court. This courthouse also houses the lower appellate court for Manhattan and the Bronx, where cases are appealed after initial decisions by the Supreme or City courts.

  • New York City Civil Court

    111 Centre Street (75 Lafayette Street)
    New York
    , NY 10013

    Tel: (212) 791-6000

    Public Transportation:
    1 or 9 train to Franklin Street station
    4 or 5 train to Brooklyn Bridge station
    6 train to Canal Street station
    A, C, E, J, M, N, R or Z train to Canal Street station
    M101 or M102 down Lexington Avenue to City Hall
    M15 down Second Avenue
    This court handles housing and small claims cases (under $25,000).

  • New York City Family Court

    60 Lafayette Street
    New York
    , NY 10013

    Tel: (646) 386-5200 | Fax: (212) 748-5272

    Public Transportation:

    4 or 5 train to the Brooklyn Bridge station

    C, N, R or 6 train to Canal Street

    1 train to Franklin Street

    1, 6 or 15 bus line

    This court handles family law issues (custody and visitation, domestic violence, child and spousal support, etc.). Limited public parking is available. Public transportation is recommended. Parents with scheduled court appearances may leave their children with the Children’s Center in Room 1C.

  • Supreme Court, Criminal Branch, New York County

    60 Centre Street
    New York
    , NY 10013

    Tel: (646) 386-4500

    This court handles more serious criminal cases, including felonies.

  • New York City Criminal Court

    100 Centre Street
    New York
    , NY 10013

    Tel: (646) 386-4500

    These two courthouses hear criminal misdemeanors and lesser offenses and conduct arraignments and preliminary hearings for felonies. More serious criminal cases are heard by the New York County Supreme Court. Parents who have business with the criminal court may leave their children at the Children’s Center nearby at 111 Centre Street.

  • Harlem Community Justice Center

    170 East 121st Street
    New York
    , NY 10035

    Tel: (212) 360-4100 | Fax: (212) 828-7416

    M100 crosstown bus to 3rd Avenue

    This is a community court that handles residential landlord and tenant disputes occurring in buildings in Harlem from zip codes 10035 and 10037, as well as some youth court and family law issues.

Brooklyn (2nd Judicial District)

  • Kings Civil Supreme Court

    360 Adams Street
    Brooklyn
    , NY 11201

    Tel: (718) 675-7699

    Public Transportation:

    R to Court St.

    2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall

    A, C, F to Jay St./Borough Hall

    This court handles all civil cases (non-criminal cases). The County Clerk’s Office is also located in this building, and for those who don’t have an attorney, there is a Help Center in Room 122C.

  • The Kings Supreme & Family Court Building

    320 Jay Street
    Brooklyn
    , NY 11201

    Tel: (347) 401-9600 | Fax: (347) 401-9609

    Public Transportation:

    R train to Court Street

    2, 3, 4 or 5 train to Boro Hall

    A, C or F train to Jay/Street Boro Hall

    This building is home to both the Kings Supreme Court Criminal Term, which handles serious criminal cases, and the Kings County Family Court (at 320 Jay Street), which handles family law issues (custody and visitation, child and spousal support and domestic violence, etc.). Parents with scheduled court appearances may leave their children with the Children’s Center.

  • Kings Civil Court

    141 Livingston Street
    Brooklyn
    , NY 11201

    Tel: (646) 386-5700

    Public Transportation:

    2, 3, 4, or 5 train to Borough Hall station

    A, C or F train to Jay Street/Borough Hall station

    M, N or R train to Lawrence Street/Metro Tech station

    B25, B26, B37, B38, or B52 bus to Fulton & Jay Street

    B41, B45, or B67 bus to Livingston & Smith Street

    Parking: A public parking lot is located nearby on Atlantic Avenue

    This court handles both small claims cases (under $25,000) and housing issues. This courthouse also houses the lower appellate court for Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, where cases are appealed after initial decisions by the Supreme or City courts.

  • Kings Criminal Court

    120 Schermerhorn Street
    Brooklyn
    , NY 11201

    Tel: (212) 791-6000

    Public Transportation:

    N, R or M train to the Lawrence Street Station

    G train to the Hoyt Street & Schermerhorn Street Station

    A, F or C train to the Jay Street Station

    2, 3, 4 or 5 train to the Borough Hall Station

    B67, B41 or B45 bus line to Livingston Street & Smith Street

    B63 or B65 bus line to Atlantic Avenue & Smith Street

    This court handles criminal misdemeanors and lesser offenses and conducts arraignments and preliminary hearings for felonies. More serious criminal cases are heard by the Kings Supreme Court. Parents who have business with the criminal court may leave their children with the Children’s Center.

  • Red Hook Justice Center

    88 Visitation Place
    Brooklyn
    , NY 11231

    Tel: (718) 923-8200 | Fax: (718) 923- 8248

    Public Transportation:

    B61 to Visitation Place

    A, C or F train to Jay Street/Borough Hall and transfer for the B61 bus. The B61 bus stops one half block from the Justice Center.

    This court addresses housing, criminal and family cases associated with the New York Housing Authority Red Hook East and Red Hook West housing developments.

Queens (11th Judicial District)

  • The Jamaica Courthouse, Queens Supreme Civil Court

    88-11 Sutphin Boulevard
    Jamaica
    , NY 11435

    Tel: (718) 298-1150

    Public Transportation:

    E, F or J train to Sutphin Blvd. station

    Q40, Q43, Q44 or Q60 bus stops near the courthouse

    LIRR to Jamaica Station, courthouse is within 3 blocks

    The Queens Supreme Court, Civil Term, handles several kinds of civil cases, including divorce, foreclosure, complicated commercial disputes and certain elder law cases. The Queens County Clerk’s Main Office is also located here.

  • The Long Island Courthouse, Queens Supreme Civil Court

    25-10 Court Square
    Long Island City
    , NY 11101

    Tel: (718) 298-1150

    25-10 Court Square

    Long Island City, NY 11101

    Public Transportation:

    M or E train to 23rd St./Ely Ave.

    G train to Court Square

    7 train to Court House Square

    The Courthouse is located across Jackson Ave. from the Citbank tower.

    Q19A, Q39, Q67 and B61 bus lines stop near the Courthouse

    The Queens Supreme Court, Civil Term, handles several kinds of civil cases, including divorce, foreclosure, complicated commercial disputes and certain elder law cases.

  • Queens Civil Court

    89-17 Sutphin Boulevard
    Jamaica
    , NY 11435

    Tel: (212) 791-6000

    Public Transportation:

    E, F or J train to Sutphin Blvd. station

    Q40, Q43 or Q44 bus to Sutphin Boulevard

    Q9, Q24, Q30, Q31, Q54, Q56 bus to Jamaica Avenue

    LIRR to Jamaica Station, courthouse is 3-4 blocks north

    This court deals with small claims cases (under $25,000 in dispute) and housing matters.

  • Kew Gardens Courthouse and Annex, Queens Supreme Criminal Court

    125-01 Queens Blvd
    Kew Garden
    , NY 11415

    Tel: (718) 298-1000

    Public Transportation:

    E or F train at Union Turnpike Station

    Q60, Q37, Q74 and Q46 buses all have stops in close proximity to the Courthouse.

    Both the Queens County Supreme Court, Criminal Term and the NYC Queens County Criminal Court are located at the Kew Gardens Courthouse. These two courts handle all criminal cases out of Queens.

  • Queens Family Court

    151-20 Jamaica Avenue
    Jamaica
    , NY 11432

    Tel: (718) 298-0197

    Public Transportation:

    This court handles family law issues (custody and visitation, child and spousal support and domestic violence, etc.). Parents with scheduled court appearances may leave their children with the Children’s Center in Room 180.

Staten Island (13th Judicial District)

  • Richmond County Courthouse

    18 Richmond Terrace
    Staten Island
    , NY 10301

    Tel: (718) 675-8700

    Public Transportation:

    Staten Island Rapid Transit or any City bus to the St. George Terminal.

    The courthouse at 18 Richmond Terrace houses the criminal branch, as well as some civil parts, of the Richmond County Supreme Court. Civil cases (non-criminal cases) are split between this location and a second courthouse, located nearby at:

    130 Stuyvesant Place
    Staten Island, NY 10301

  • Richmond Civil Court

    927 Castleton Avenue
    Staten Island
    , NY 10310

    Tel: (646) 386-5700

    Public Transportation:

    At the Staten Island Ferry bus ramp take either S44 (Staten Island Mall) or S46 (Castleton Avenue) bus. Get off at the corner of Castleton Avenue and Bement Avenue.

    This court handles small claims and housing cases in Staten Island.

  • Richmond Criminal Court

    67 Targee Street
    Staten Island
    , NY 10304

    Tel: (718) 675-8558

    Public Transportation:

    At the Staten Island Ferry bus ramp take the S74 bus to Broad Street & Gordon Street or the S78 bus to Broad Street & Thompkins Avenue. The Courthouse is located approximately four blocks from either bus stop.

    This court handles criminal misdemeanors and lesser offenses and conducts arraignments and preliminary hearings for felonies. More serious criminal cases are heard by the Richmond County Supreme Court.

  • Richmond Family Court

    100 Richmond Terrace
    Staten Island
    , NY 10301

    Tel: (718) 675-8800 | Fax: (718) 390-5247

    Public Transportation:

    Staten Island Rapid Transit or any City bus to the St. George Terminal.

    This court handles family law issues (custody and visitation, child and spousal support and domestic violence, etc.). Parents with scheduled court appearances may leave their children with the Children’s Center at 51 Stuyvesant Place, 3rd floor.

State Appellate Courts

  • Appellate Division, First Department

    27 Madison Avenue
    New York
    , NY 10010

    Tel: (212) 340-0400

    Public Transportation:

    6 train, N train or R train to either 23rd Street. The courthouse is on Madison Ave. and 25th Street.

    The court only hears cases that are being appealed from a lower court in Manhattan or the Bronx. See above for a list of lower courts that serve these areas.

  • Appellate Division, Second Department

    45 Monroe Place
    Brooklyn
    , NY 11201

    Tel: (718) 722-6324

    Public Transportation:

    R train to Court Street Station

    F train to Jay Street/Borough Hall Station

    2 or 3 train to Clark Street Station             

    4 or 5 train to Borough Hall Station

    A or C train to High Street/Brooklyn Bridge Station

    The court only hears cases that are being appealed from a lower court in Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island. See above for a list of lower courts that serve these areas.

Federal Courts