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31 Avenue C, Johnson City, NY 13790
Richard H. Miller, II - Village Justice
Thomas J. Dellapenna - Acting Justice
The Johnson City Village Court is located in the George Korutz Justice Building, 31 Avenue C. Our court is currently the second busiest criminal court in Broome County. The court staff consists of two full-time and two part-time employees. The court clerks handle a wide variety of cases ranging from petit larceny, assaults, domestic violence, search warrants, code violations, trespass, orders of protection, traffic violations and parking tickets. The court has a committed jury trial day once a month and a non-jury and civil trial day. The clerks also handle civil filings of landlords and tenants as well as small claims matters.
The Honorable Richard H. Miller, II is the Village Justice who presides over cases every Friday. The calendar consists of a wide array of matters which involve arraignments, sentencing and hearings and usually runs from 9:00AM until early evening. The Justices are also available 24/7 for criminal arraignments. Wednesday is another court calendar day, which is a shared responsibility between Justice Miller and Acting Justice Thomas J. Dellapenna, Jr. The Court has an assigned Assistant District Attorney and Assistant Public Defender who appear weekly to hear and work through matters. Jury and Non-Jury cases are also held in Village Court on a continual basis. During the course of a week the staff handles hundreds of phone calls and answers the questions and concerns of a few hundred more individuals. On average, the office is handling thousands of inquiries in a month’s time. The court handles 6,000 – 7,000 cases per year.
Statistics play a very important role in the court functions. We are a Village Court governed by the laws of the State of New York. Thus, one of the responsibilities of the court employees is the continual process of being updated on NYS Laws as they are passed periodically throughout the year by the State Legislature. This office has a working relationship with the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, Broome County Probation, the New York State Police, Broome County Court and all other local City, Town and Village courts. Financial and statistical reports that are monitored closely clearly state that the Village Court is an attribute to Johnson City and the Village residents. It is, however, a department that is extremely busy, showing tremendous increases in the number of cases and complaints before the court for the size of our Village. One of the measures the court focuses on to lessen the load on the taxpayers is to apply for and receive grants for office and court security equipment. This office has been successful in receiving three grants in the last five years, saving Village residents $13,000.
Village Office243 Main Street
Johnson City, NY 13790