COURT PROCEEDINGS TEMPORARILY POSTPONED
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis and the recently enacted Updated Operation Protocols for all courts at the directive of the Chief Administrative Judge for the 8th Judicial District, all Town of Tonawanda Justice Court proceedings will be temporarily postponed. The Court Clerk office window will remain open to the public for transactions of business 9:00am-4:30pm. Correspondence by mail is strongly encouraged.
Applications for small claims and civil matters are accepted Tuesday and Friday between 9:00 am and 11:00 am.
Judge Gruber holds criminal court on Thursday afternoons at 1:00 pm and vehicle and traffic court on Tuesdays at 5:00 pm.
Judge Cavarello holds criminal court on Mondays at 9:00 am and vehicle and traffic court on Wednesdays at 5:00 pm.
Small claims and civil cases are scheduled on a monthly basis. To verify a specific date, contact the court clerk at (716) 876-5536.
Important Phone Numbers
If you need to change a court date scheduled for a Monday or Wednesday evening, you may call Judge Cavarello's clerk at (716) 876-5536 ext. 521. Judge Cavarello's clerk is available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. No adjournments are given while court is in session.
If you need to change a court date scheduled for a Tuesday or Thursday, you may call Judge Gruber's clerk at (716) 876-5536 ext. 523. Judge Gruber's clerk is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. No adjournments are given while court is in session.
Please note that the court clerk can not transfer cases from one judge to another.
Bail is posted to assure the appearance of a defendant on each and every court date until the case is closed. The bail posted will not be refunded until that time. If the defendant is convicted, bail poundage of 3% may be deducted from the bail amount.
To make arrangements for a bail refund, you may call the court at (716) 876-5536 ext. 528, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
If you wish to protest a parking tag fine, you must take your parking tag to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department and request an appearance ticket. The appearance ticket will provide you with a court date at which time you will appear and be given an opportunity to speak with the town prosecutor and judge.
Parking Tag fines can be paid online at www.paycourtonline.com or by phone at 1-888-912-1541.
1. No weapons of any kind are allowed in the courtroom
Small claims applications and information booklets can be picked up at the Town Court records office Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Claims can be filed by mail, or in person on Wednesday or Friday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
Adjournments generally are not given for small claims cases. If you have an unusual circumstance, you may contact the small claims clerk at (716) 876-5536 ext. 3522 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
If your license is suspended due to open cases in the Town of Tonawanda, you should contact the judge's clerk for the procedure necessary to clear up the suspension.
Judge Cavarello's clerk can be reached at (716) 876-5536 ext. 3521 and is available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Judge Gruber's clerk can be reached at (716) 876-5536 ext. 3523 and is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
There are several options that may be appropriate for any given case. In order to discuss any plea negotiation, the defendant must appear on their court date and speak to the town prosecutor or district attorney and the judge.
Appear on the court date given on your summons and read the posted lists in the hallway. The list will direct you to the appropriate office. Traffic school may or may not be one of the available options.
For more information, contact the clerk of the court at (716) 876-5536.
If you wish to plead guilty to a traffic violation by mail, date and sign Part A of your summons and remit it to the court before the court date, which is printed on the front of your summons. Upon receipt, the court will notify you in writing of the fine due.