New York Legal Overview: Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown
The Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown metropolitan area in New York State is defined by the Census Bureau as covering Dutchess and Orange counties in the Hudson Valley. Both counties are served by the 9th Judicial District. The supreme and county courts in each county are the main trial courts with general jurisdiction. The supreme courts mainly handle the civil cases, while the county courts are charged with hearing the felony cases. City courts have limited jurisdiction over traffic violations and misdemeanors. The main cities in the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown metro area are listed below.
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1. The Dutchess County Supreme Court, located in Poughkeepsie, is the county’s main trial court for civil cases. The Dutchess County Court, also located in Poughkeepsie, hears the felony prosecutions. The county additionally has limited jurisdiction city courts in Poughkeepsie and Beacon. Orange County also has supreme and county courts in Goshen, with additional city courts in Newburgh, Middletown and Port Jervis. Dutchess County has a surrogate's court for probate matters in Poughkeepsie, while Orange County has a family court in Goshen for divorces, domestic violence and juvenile cases.
Trending Legal Topics: Appeals against city court verdicts are filed with the county courts. Appeals against supreme and county court verdicts in both Dutchess and Orange counties must be filed with the Supreme Court Appellate Division, 2nd Department. The NY Court of Appeals is the highest court in the state. Federal cases can be filed with the Middletown Division of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Bankruptcy petitions can be filed with the Poughkeepsie Division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.