Window Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

 Court Phone: (607) 687-0123 Dept #4

  Court Fax: (607) 240-5414

  1.  Court Email:


Arraignments:  Tuesday at 9:00 A.M.

Trials & Pre-Trials:  Tuesday at 10:00 A.M.

Civil Hearings:  Thursday at 10:00 A.M.

HON. John P. Schumacher

Arraignments:  Thursday at 1:00 PM

Trial & Pre-Trials:  Wednesday at 1:00 or 1:30 PM

Civil Hearings:  Thursday at 2::00 PM

What is needed to file small claims:

Town Court Small Claims

Name & street address of defendant (no PO Box #)
Brief statement of claim
Amount of claim
Filing Fee – Maximum of $15.00 (No personal checks)


Town Court Civil Suit

Summons & Complaint prepared, signed by either an attorney, or the Court Clerk
Summons must be served at least six (6), but not more than thirty (30) days before hearing date
A copy of summons & complaint with affidavit of service attached, shall be filed with the court within six (6) days of service
Filing Fee – $20.00 (No personal checks)

Town Court Summary Proceedings (Evictions)

Forms Needed:

Notice of Petition
Petition to Recover Possession of Real Property
Applicable Notice to Vacate & Affidavit of Service of same, applicable warrant if seeking removal


Have Notice of Petition & Petition to Recover Possession of Real Property filled out
Have Applicable Notice to Vacate & Affidavit of Service of same with petitions
Make sure Respondent (Tenant) is served not more than seventeen (17) days or less than ten (10) days before hearing date
Make sure Notice of Petition & an Affidavit of Service is filed with the court within three (3) days of service
Filing Fee – $20.00 (No personal checks)


No personal checks, only money orders and certified checks (drawn on U.S. Bank) accepted

  • All remittances are to be made payable to the Owego Town Court and must be paid in U.S. funds.
  • Enclose a self addressed, stamped envelope with your payment for your receipt.

where to pay

Payments can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to or call 888-604-7888

Pay Fines, Surcharges

Judge Schumacher – PLC 5462

Pay Fines, Surcharges

Judge Hogan – PLC 5463

Internet Service Fee

 3.5% (Minimum $3.50)

Phone Service Fee

5% (Minimum $5.00)


Owego Town Court Office can process credit card payments, but you may pay with cash if you are paying in person. Payments made by credit/debit cards must be paid in full. The court does not accept personal checks.


Does the court accept credit card payments?

The court does not have a card reader but credit card payments can be made online and/or a toll free phone number. There is a service fee for either service. If you use the website the internet service fee is 3.5% (Minimum $3.50) Phone service Fee is 5% (Minimum $5.00). You will also have to know the PLC (Pay Location Code) for the judge who assessed the fine. For the Hon. John Schumacher the PLC is 5462 For the Hon. Patrick Hogan the PLC is 5463.

What is the surcharge?

The surcharge is mandatory and imposed by New York State on each traffic violation conviction. The surcharge on all moving violations, which includes speeding tickets, is $93. The surcharge on equipment violations is $63.

What is the basis for a small claims case?

The person being sued in a small claims case must reside, work or have a place of business in the Town of Owego, which includes the village. It must be a verifiable Town of Owego address and it cannot be a post office box. If the amount you are suing for $1000 or less, the filing fee is $10; if it is between $1001 and $3000 the filling fee is $15. Hearings in a small claims case are scheduled for at least three weeks from the filing date. Small claims hearings are always held on Thursday – either at 10:00 A.M. or 2:00 P.M.