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Window Hours:
 Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Court Phone: (607) 687-0123 Dept# 4
Court Fax:     (607) 687-0216
Court: E-Mail   OwegoTownCourt@townofowego.com

Court Hours:

Honorable Ronald G. Bell
Arraignments:  2nd, 3rd 4th, (5th) Tuesday at 9:00 AM
Trials & Pre-Trials:  Tuesday at 10:00 AM
Civil Hearings:  Thursday at 9:00 AM

Honorable John P. Schumacher
Arraignments:  Thursday at 1:00 PM
Trials & Pre-Trials:  Wednesday at 1:00 or 1:30 PM
Civil Hearings:  Thursday at 2:00 PM

Contact DA at http://www.tiogacountyny.com/departments/district-attorney.html


Small Claims

Jurisdiction is determined by the residence or regular business office of the defendant.

Needed to File:

Name & street address of defendant (no PO Box #)
Brief statement of claim
Amount of claim
Filing Fee – Maximum of $15.00 (No personal checks)

Civil Suit

Incorporated businesses, individuals who cannot file in Small Claims Court

Needed to File:

Summons & Complaint prepared, signed by either an attorney, or the Court Clerk
Summons must be served at least six (6), but not more than thirty (30) days before hearing date
A copy of summons & complaint with affidavit of service attached,
shall be filed with the court within six (6) days of service
Filing Fee - $20.00 (No personal checks)

Summary Proceedings (Evictions)

Forms Needed:

1.      Notice of Petition
2.      Petition to Recover Possession of Real Property
3.   Applicable Notice to Vacate & Affidavit of Service of same, applicable warrant if seeking removal.
Have Notice of Petition & Petition to Recover Possession of Real Property filled out
Have Applicable Notice to Vacate & Affidavit of Service of same with petitions
Make sure Respondent (Tenant) is served not more than twelve (12) days or less than five (5) days before hearing date.
Make sure Notice of Petition & an Affidavit of Service is filed with
the court within three (3) days of service.
Filing Fee - $20.00 (No personal checks)

Methods of Payment
    • NO PERSONAL CHECKS, ONLY MONEY ORDERS AND CERTIFIED CHECKS (drawn on U.S. bank) ACCEPTED!  All remittances are to be made payable to the Owego Town Court and must be paid in U.S. funds.  Enclose a self addressed, stamped envelope with your payment for your receipt. 
    • PAYMENTS MADE BY CREDIT/DEBIT CARD MUST BE PAID IN FULL. 
      • Payments can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Go to www.GovPayNOW.com or call 888-604-7888
      • Pay Fines, Surcharges & Civil, Judge Schumacher - PLC 5462
      • Pay Fines, Surcharges & Civil, Judge Bell – PLC 5463
      • Internet Service Fee: 3.5% (Minimum $3.50)
      • Phone Service Fee: 5% (Minimum $5.00)
      • Owego Town Court Office can process credit card payments.
    • You may pay with cash if you are making your payment in person

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