New York Legal Overview: Binghamton
The Binghamton metropolitan area in New York is defined by the Census Bureau as covering Broome and Tioga counties. Both counties are served by the 6th Judicial District. The Broome County Supreme Court located in Binghamton is the main trial court for civil cases exceeding $25,000. The Broome County Court has general jurisdiction over criminal prosecutions. The Binghamton City Court has limited jurisdiction over misdemeanors, traffic violations and civil disputes not exceeding $15,000. The main cities and towns in the Binghamton metro area are listed below.
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1. Both Broome and Tioga counties come under the Third Judicial Department, so appeals against city court verdicts are filed with the Broome County Court. County court verdicts can in turn be appealed against by filing with the New York Court of Appeals, which is the court of last resort. Appeals against trial court verdicts handed down by the Broome County Supreme Court must be filed with the Supreme Court Appellate Division, 3rd Department. The appellate division’s ruling can be challenged by asking the Court of Appeals to review the ruling.
Trending Legal Topics: The Tioga County supreme and county courts are located in Owego, and handle, respectively, all the civil and criminal cases filed in the county. The Owego Town court has limited jurisdiction over misdemeanors, traffic violations, small claims and civil lawsuits not exceeding $15,000. The appeals process for Tioga County is the same as described above for Broome County. Federal lawsuits in both counties must be filed with the Binghamton Division of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.