New York Legal Overview: Kingston
The Kingston metropolitan area in New York is defined by the Census Bureau as covering Ulster County. This MSA is a part of the larger New York-Newark-Bridgeport combined statistical area, or CSA. Ulster County is covered by the 3rd Judicial District. The Ulster County supreme and county courts have general jurisdiction and are charged with handling, respectively, all the civil and criminal cases filed in the county. Listed below are the main cities and towns in the Kingston metro area.
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1. The Ulster County Supreme Court, located in Kingston, takes on all the civil lawsuits in the county. The Ulster County Court also hears all the felony cases. The Kingston City Court has limited jurisdiction over misdemeanors, traffic violations, civil cases not exceeding $15,000, and small claims. Appeals against the city court’s verdicts may be filed with the county court. County court appeals, in turn, are heard by the New York Court of Appeals, which is the court of last resort.
Trending Legal Topics: Ulster County comes under the Third Judicial Department (New York has four judicial departments and 13 judicial districts). All appeals against Ulster County Supreme Court trial verdicts must therefore be filed with the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, 3rd Department. Appeals against the appellate division’s ruling may be heard by the NY Court of Appeals. Federal cases in Ulster County can be filed with the Albany Division of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.