Last updated: December 3, 2013
If you live in Rochester, with its low cost of living, great public education, thriving industry, and low unemployment, you know that living in this city is relatively easy. It’s no wonder, then, that Rochester’s centralized Hall of Justice makes finding a courthouse easy on Rochester residents. At the Hall of Justice, you will find almost every division of every type of court that the New York State Unified Court System has to offer: city, county and supreme.
Federal Court business in Rochester is similarly centralized in the Kenneth B. Keating Federal Building. However, just because finding the courthouse is easy, doesn’t mean conducting your court business will be. Below is a guide to the courthouses in Rochester, with links to appropriate court websites, contact information, and notes on the types of cases heard at each courthouse, so that living in Rochester can stay easy even when you have to go to court.
Note: The Hall of Justice houses several divisions of the Monroe County Courts and the Rochester City Courts. The District Office for the 7th Judicial District of New York is located in Room 161. Also located at the Hall of Justice are the Supreme and County Courts, which hear all civil cases and felony criminal cases. The Family Court is located on the 3rd floor. Child Care is available Monday through Friday. The Surrogate’s Court is also located in the Hall of Justice in Room 541 and handles adoptions, wills and estates.
Note: The City Court Criminal Division hears misdemeanor criminal cases for crimes committed within the Rochester city limits. It also has jurisdiction over preliminary hearings and arraignments for felony cases.
Note: The Appellate Division, Fourth Department, hears cases that have been appealed from the New York County and Supreme Courts.
Note: The U.S. District Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York are located at this U.S. Courthouse. You can file your federal court and bankruptcy paperwork and attend federal and bankruptcy hearings at this location. The bankruptcy court's number is (585) 613-4200. There is also a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Field Office in this building in room 418.