New York Legal Overview: Utica-Rome
The Utica-Rome metropolitan area in New York is defined by the Census Bureau as covering Herkimer and Oneida counties. Both counties are served by the 5th Judicial District. The supreme and county courts in each county act as the main trial courts with general jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases respectively. Utica, Rome, and other cities in the metro area additionally have city courts with limited jurisdiction over traffic violations and misdemeanors. Listed below are the main cities and towns in the Utica-Rome metro area.
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1. The Oneida County Supreme Court, located in Utica, is the main trial court for all civil cases filed in the county. The Oneida County Court in Utica hears all the felony cases. Utica also has a family court and a surrogate’s court for probate cases within the county. City courts in Utica, Rome and Sherrill serve as courts of limited jurisdiction, handling misdemeanors and traffic violations. Herkimer County likewise has supreme, county, family and surrogate’s court in the county seat of Herkimer, while Little Falls has a city court.
Trending Legal Topics: Appeals against city court verdicts may be filed in the respective county court. Appeals must be filed with the NY State Appellate Division, 4th Department. The NY Court of Appeals is the court of last resort. Federal lawsuits in the Utica-Rome metro area must be filed with the Utica Division of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Federal appeals from New York go to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.