New York Legal Overview: Albany-Schenectady-Troy
The Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan area in New York is defined by the Census Bureau as covering Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie counties. It is a part of the larger Albany-Schenectady-Amsterdam combined statistical area (CSA), which covers the entire Capital District, except for Greene County. The supreme courts and county courts serving each of the Albany metro area counties are the main trial courts with general jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases respectively. Listed below are the main cities in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area.
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1. Albany, Rensselaer and Schoharie counties come under the 3rd Judicial District, which includes supreme, county, family and city courts. The Albany County Supreme Court in the city of Albany is the main trial court for civil cases. The Albany County Court is likewise the main trial court for criminal cases. The Albany City Court has separate civil, traffic and criminal divisions. The city court’s civil part handles cases not exceeding $15,000, while the criminal part has limited jurisdiction over misdemeanors and city code violations.
Trending Legal Topics: The county also has a surrogate’s court and a family court in the city of Albany. The appeals process may differ based on the judicial department. The five Albany metro area counties come under the 3rd Department, so appeals against city court verdicts are filed with the respective county court. Appeals against supreme court trial verdicts are heard by the supreme Court appellate division, 3rd Department. County court criminal case verdicts can directly be appealed to the New York Court of Appeals, which is the highest court in the state.