Justice Reid A. Holter presides over the Victor Town Court. Offices are located at 11 Framark Drive in the Village of Victor (Off of School Street, just past the Post Office). Regular office hours are Monday through Friday 9 AM to Noon and 1 PM to 4 PM.
The court offices are staffed by clerks Terri Bolt and Susan Ricci. They can be reached by phone at 585-924-5262 or 585-924-5775, by FAX at 585-924-6958 or by e-mail.
Only CASH or CERTIFIED funds are accepted, and only in US dollars. Certified checks are to be made out to the Victor Town Court. Payment may also be made in person or through the mail with the proper documentation with Visa or MasterCard. Personal checks are not accepted.
DIRECTIONS TO THE COURT OFFICES:
From the east:
Traveling on the NYS Thruway, use exit 44 and follow State Route 332 south to State Route 96. Turn right on Route 96 and continue approximately 4 miles to the Village of Victor. At the 2nd traffic light turn left onto School Street. Continue straight through the 4 way stop. The court offices are on the left, just past the Post Office.
From the west:
Traveling on the NYS Thruway, use exit 45. Stay to the right beyond the tollbooth for the exit ramp to State Route 96. Turn left on Route 96 and continue approximately 4 miles to the Village of Victor. Turn right onto School Street at the 2nd traffic light. Continue straight through the 4 way stop. The court offices are on the left, just past the Post Office.
Follow 490 east to the last exit (#29) before the entrance to the NYS Thruway. Continue on Route 96 south, approximately 4 miles, to the Village of Victor. Turn right onto School Street. Continue straight through the 4 way stop. The court offices are on the left, just past the Post Office."
NEW YORK STATE TOWN AND VILLAGE JUSTICES A TRADITION OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
When our nation's founders developed the framework of our judicial system over 200 years ago, they could scarcely have imagined the challenges facing modern society. Yet throughout our history, from state and national constitutions to landmark Supreme Court decisions, the judicial branch has remained a stabilizing force in American society.
Nowhere is this more evident than with New York State's Town and Village Justices. Everyday, these men and women make important decisions affecting the lives of thousands of our neighbors.
This information has been written to help educate our State's communities about Town and Village Justices and further enhance the vital relationship between Magistrates and other municipal agencies.
CLEARING UP MISCONCEPTIONS
Whether on a local, state, or federal level, the Judicial Branch of government is a separate, equal and distinct branch. Not too long ago, Town Justices were also members of the Town Board, playing an integral part in the day-to-day operation of Town Government. Now, for ethical reasons, Justices are no longer members of the Town Boards.
Justice Courts have a very broad, but limited jurisdiction in matter affecting the local community. It is for this reason that Justice Courts are often called; "The Courts closest to the people" are readily accessible geographically to the citizens.
Civil jurisdiction of a local Town or Village Court is limited to $3,000.00. In landlord/tenant proceedings, however, the monetary jurisdiction is unlimited. Cases can be filed in either the regular Civil Part or Small Claims Part of the Court.
New York Town and Village Courts have criminal jurisdiction over all misdemeanors, violations, and infractions, together with arraignment and preliminary jurisdiction over felonies. Jury Trials are conducted when required by law.
FAMILY OFFENSES PROCEEDINGS
The local Town and Village Courts have concurrent jurisdiction over certain offenses committed between family and household members (related by blood or marriage, former spouses, a child in common, etc), such as disorderly conduct, harassment, menacing, reckless endangerment, and certain assaults. The complainant may proceed in both local Criminal Court and Family Court at the same time.
The position of Town or Village Justice is not one that either the State or the Justices take lightly. In addition to local elections, Magistrates must comply with uniform statewide standards. Justices are considered to be local, as opposed to state, elected officials. Two justices are elected in each town to four-year terms.
Presiding on a part-time basis, Town Justices are not required to be lawyers. Each Town Justice, while considered to be part-time, however, is actually on-call 365 days per year, 24 hours per day. It is not unusual to a Town Justice to be called upon for an arraignment during the middle of the night.
All Justices are required to keep accurate, legible records of all proceedings, and at least annually submit case dockets for examination and audit to the Town Board. All Justice Courts must account for and send all fines and fees collected by them to the New York State Comptroller by the 10th day of every month.
Justices must complete not only basic training, but also 12 hours of annual classroom training, which is followed by a written examination for non-attorney Justices. The Town or Village pays for all costs and expenses to meet these requirements.
LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE
Local courts handle the largest number of cases coming before the State's Court System, and contribute greatly to State and local government. Unlike the executive and legislative branches, however, the judicial branch does not have the power to finance its operations, raise taxes or otherwise support itself. It relies upon the Town and Village Boards for the funding of facilities and staff.
It has long been the goal of the local courts to serve the people by providing justice---substantial, timely, and equal justice---and to fulfill the notions of separate, independent judicial branch as set for the by our forefather in the Constitution. To do this, Town and Village Justices must be given reasonable and necessary funding to support an independent judiciary---one that is not subservient to other municipal branches.
Where caseloads warrant, it is appropriate to authorize on or more support staff under the title of Court Clerk. While much of a Court Clerk's responsibilities center on record keeping and the handling of monies taken in by the Court through fines and fees, Court Clerks handle correspondence, prepare the court calendar and issue certain case related processes. An experienced Court Clerk can lift the burden of clerical detail from the Justice, although it is the Justice who is ultimately responsible for all the clerk's activities and functions. Court Clerks, however, are not permitted to give legal advice.
THE FOLLOWING IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY
TO: Individuals Charged With Traffic Infractions Pending in the Town Court
This Court has received an accusatory instrument alleging that you have committed an offense. You are presumed innocent until proven guilty and you have the right to retain an attorney to represent you now, or at any stage in these proceedings.
You have various procedural options in the course of bringing this matter to a just disposition. You may want to consult an attorney for guidance or representation before determining which course of action you will pursue. The Court may not provide you with a recommendation as to how you should proceed, or as to which of these or any other options you should choose.
Plead not guilty:
By pleading "Not Guilty" you exercise your right to a public trial at which the People of the State of New York, represented by the prosecution, must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you have committed the offense alleged in the accusatory instrument. At the trial you will have the right to hear, see, and challenge the evidence submitted to prove your innocence, including, confronting, by cross-examination, the Police Officer, or other witness or witnesses who testify against you. You have the right to have witnesses testify on your behalf and you may, but you are not required to, testify on your own behalf. The Court will determine, after hearing all the evidence submitted at the trial, whether or not the People have proven guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and will render an appropriate verdict.
Plead Guilty As Charged:
By pleading "Guilty" you waive your right to a trial at which the People of the State of New York, represented by the prosecution, must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the offense alleged in the accusatory instrument. A plea of guilty will subject you to sentencing, by the Judge presiding, to any legally authorized sentence. You may withdraw, with the Court's permission, your plea of guilty at any time prior to sentencing and exercise your right to a trial.
Communicate with the Assistant District Attorney or an Alternative Disposition:
When the Court receives your "Not Guilty" plea at which time the Court will assign you an appearance date. You will be afforded the opportunity to speak with the ADA and negotiate an agreement to plead guilty to a legally authorized alternate offense, including a lesser included offense, or a less severe offense or offenses. Any proposed agreement is subject to approval by the Court. Upon a plea of guilty to the agreed-upon offense, you will be subject to sentencing, by the Judge presiding, to any sentence legally authorized to be imposed for the offense to which you plead guilty.
CONTACT INFORMATION AT A GLANCE
Justice Reid A. Holter
Location: Court Offices
Address: 11 Framark Drive, Victor, NY 14564
Hours: 9-Noon & 1-4 PM Monday thru Friday
Evening Hours: Open at 6:30 PM