New York Legal Overview: Rochester
The Rochester metropolitan area in New York is defined by the Census Bureau as covering Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties. It is part of the larger Rochester–Batavia–Seneca Falls CSA, or combined statistical area. The CSA additionally covers the Batavia micropolitan area (Genesee County) and the Seneca Falls micropolitan area (Seneca County). The superior and county courts in each county are the main trial courts with general jurisdiction. Listed below are the main cities and towns in the Rochester metro area.
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1. Orleans County comes under the 8th Judicial District. The other four counties in the Rochester metro area are served by the 7th Judicial District. The Monroe County Supreme Court, located in Rochester, hears all the civil cases filed in the county. The Monroe County Court has jurisdiction over felony prosecutions. The Rochester City Court has limited jurisdiction over misdemeanors and traffic violations. The county has a family court in Rochester for handling divorces, domestic disputes and juvenile matters. A surrogate’s court for probate matters is also located in Rochester.
Trending Legal Topics: Appeals against verdicts handed down by the Rochester City Court must be filed in the Monroe County Court. Appeals against the supreme and county court verdicts must in turn be filed with the NY State Appellate Division, 4th Department. The NY State Court of Appeals is the court of last resort and may agree to review the appellate division’s ruling. Federal cases in the Rochester metro area may be filed with the Rochester Division of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.