New York Legal Overview: Ithaca
The Ithaca metropolitan area in New York is defined by the Census Bureau as covering Tompkins County. This MSA is part of the larger Ithaca-Cortland combined statistical area or CSA, which additionally includes the Cortland micropolitan area (Cortland County). Tompkins County is served by the 6th Judicial District. The Tompkins County Supreme Court is the main trial court for all civil cases filed in the county, while the Tompkins County Court handles all the criminal cases. Listed below are the main cities and towns in the Ithaca metro area.
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1. Apart from the Tompkins County supreme and county courts, Ithaca also has a city court with limited jurisdiction over traffic tickets, misdemeanors, civil cases amounting to less than $15,000, and small claims. A family court handles family law and domestic violence cases, while a surrogate’s court is in charge of probate maters. Appeals against city court verdicts can be filed with the Tompkins County Court. Appeals against county verdicts will in turn have to be filed with the NY Court of Appeals, which is the state’s highest court.
Trending Legal Topics: Tompkins County comes under the Third Judicial Department, so supreme court trial verdict appeals must be filed with the NY State Supreme Court Appellate Division, 3rd Department. Federal cases in Tompkins County can be filed with the Syracuse Division of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Bankruptcy filings can likewise be put in front of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York. Federal appeals coming from New York State are heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.