Elmira Heights Village Court
215 Elmwood Ave
Elmira Heights, New York 14903
Office Hours (Weekly)
Tuesday: 9 am – 4 pm
Court is held every Wednesday evening at 5:00PM
Except Holidays (Call the Court Clerk to verify Court will be in session)
Methods of Payment For Fines/Fees/Surcharges/Bail/Civil Fees
Payment of Fines
Methods of Payment for Penal Law, Vehicle & Traffic Matters
by phone by calling the toll-free number 1-888-912-1541.
*You will need your case number, last name, and date of birth.
Please note that you can only pay in full online and by phone.
Also note Parking tickets CAN NOT be paid online at this time.
A convenience fee will apply for both services.
The court does not accept personal checks or payments over the phone.
Credit card payments in person for full or partial payments.
For each in-person credit card transaction, there will be a 2.99% convenience fee
Please be prepared to show picture ID. The name on the card must match the
name on your ID or the court will be unable to process your transaction.
Fines may be paid by cash (if paying in person), money order, or certified check if
paying by mail.
Payments are accepted during court office hours, Tuesday & Wednesday 9am to
4pm, Thursdays 9am to 11 am or at Wednesday 5 pm night court.
There is a drobox in the wall just outside our doors for your convenience.
Payments must be in a sealed envelope with your name and case # clearly written
on the envelope.
Money Orders or Certified Bank Checks can be mailed to
o Elmira Heights Village Court
o 215 Elmwood Ave
o Elmira Heights NY 14903
If a receipt is requested please provide a self-addressed, postage-paid return
Checks not certified will be returned
If the payment exceeds the actual amount due, the entire payment will be
Do not send cash through the mail
For more information please contact the Court clerk at 607-737-6750.
Vehicle and Traffic Law Charges
If you receive a traffic citation (ticket) in the Village of Elmira Heights, your scheduled appearance date appears at the lower left side of your E-ticket.
If the offense charged is a traffic violation you can enter a plea of guilty, or not guilty by mail by completing the appropriate section (Part A if pleading Guilty) (Part B if Pleading Not Guilty) on the right side of your E-ticket and mailing it to the court prior to your scheduled Court appearance date. You may also appear personally in Court at the scheduled time to plead to your charge.
- If you plea guilty by mail, the Court will send you a fine notice by mail indicating the fine and when it is due.
- If you plea not guilty by mail, the Court will schedule a non-jury, or bench trial and notify you of the trial date by letter.
If you mail your E-ticket to the Court without entering a plea of guilty or not guilty, or do not sign the citation, the citation will be returned to you. If you fail to enter a plea by mail OR fail to appear on the scheduled Court appearance date, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles will be notified to suspend your driving privileges.
If the offense is a Misdemeanor, or Felony, you MUST appear in person at Village Court to be arraigned on the charges.
Criminal charges usually involve charges based on the New York State Penal Law or Criminal Procedure Law. Violation and Misdemeanor charges can be prosecuted in this Court. Felony charges are usually transferred to County Court after arraignment in this Court.
Village Code Charges
Village Code charges involve charges based on the Elmira Heights Village Code. They are fully prosecuted in this Court.
Summary Proceedings (Evictions)
This Court can hear evictions for Non-Payment Proceedings (Evictions for non-payment of rent only) or Holdover Proceedings (Evictions for any other ground other than non-payment of rent). You will be required to provide the properly completed necessary forms and pay a filing fee of $20. You will also be required to serve the papers legally.
Small Claims Court is an informal court where individuals can sue for money only, up to $3,000. Anyone over 18 years of age can bring an action in Small Claims Court. Corporations, partnerships, associations, or assignees cannot sue in Small Claims Court, but can be sued.
You will be required to pay a filing fee of $10.00 if your claim is for $1,000 or less and a filing fee of $15.00 if your claim is for more than $1,000.
The Court provides the Small Claims Form, notifies the defendant of the Small Claim action and the date of the hearing.
If you have filed a small claim and have resolved the matter prior to the court hearing, you should notify the court, in writing, immediately. Only the individual that filed the claim can withdraw the matter.
All Felony, Misdemeanor, Vehicle and Traffic Law and any other State charge is prosecuted by the Chemung County District Attorney’s Office located at 210 Lake Street, PO Box 588 in Elmira, NY, 14902 (Phone: 607–737–2944).
All Village Code, Village Ordinance and any local law charge is prosecuted by the Village Attorney who can be contacted through the Elmira Heights Village Clerk’s Office at 215 Elmwood Ave in Elmira Heights, NY 14903 (Phone: 607–734–7156).