General Court Policies and Procedures
The Town of Waterloo Court can be contacted using any of the above methods. Neither the Judge, nor the Court Clerk are permitted to dispense legal advice or consultation.
The Waterloo Town Court will consider requests for adjournment that are received no less than 24-hours in advance of a scheduled court date. Unless exigent circumstances exist no adjournments will be granted with less than 24-hours advance notice. It is the requesting parties responsibility to confirm that the Court has granted an adjournment request. Failure to do so may result in a “failure to appear” and possible forfeiture of bail.
Court Mail Procedures
Due to rising postage costs and in an effort to mitigate the impacts on taxpayers the Town of Waterloo Court asks the following:
- If you submit a plea by mail you must include a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) so the court can in turn reply to your plea; and indicate the results therein.
- If you pay a fine via mail and you wish a receipt then you must include a SASE or the court will not mail you back a receipt.
Individuals can of course choose to pay in-person at the Court Clerk’s office and receipts will be issued upon payment.
Payment: www.AllPaid.com (PCL: 7473)
Pursuant to Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1802(2), you may be permitted to pay any fines, fees or surcharges via a monthly installment payment plan when you are 1) convicted of a Vehicle and Traffic Law offense or 2) convicted of a local law, ordinance, order, rule or regulation related to traffic. The judge sets the monthly payment amount. The minimum payment is $25/month or up to 2% of your net monthly income, whichever is higher. No additional charges or interest are added. You may be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Report to get an installment plan. You may be required to appear in court no more than once per year for the judge to assess your financial circumstances, and your monthly payment amount may increase or decrease if your income changes. You can ask the court to reduce your monthly payment amount no more than twice per calendar year if your income decreases.
In-Person: Cash, Money Orders, Credit Cards, or Debit Cards, however (NO PERSONAL CHECKS)
Hours: 9AM- 12PM & 1-5PM (Except Holidays)
Traffic Court is in session on the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 5PM
Criminal Court is in session on the 4th Wednesday of each month @ 5PM
Court Facility Operations/Safety Protocols
- Occupancy of all public areas of the court facility is limited to 25% of the posted room occupancy per code. Individuals will not be allowed to congregate in hallways or entry ways while awaiting entry into the courtroom . In addition, occupancy of all courtrooms is limited to the lesser of 20 people or 25% of the posted room occupancy per code.
- Courts are encouraged to use the notification system in the Courtroom Program provided it would allow for a text to be sent to the defendant when the case is called, allowing individuals to safely wait outside court facilities and enter the building only when their case is ready.
- There may be only one Judge hearing cases at any given time in a court facility.
- While in the court facility (other than in a closed private office), all court personnel and visitors must cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering.
- A distance of a minimum of six feet must be kept between all individuals at all times.
- Judges are encouraged to more robustly conference criminal matters virtually/ telephonically and if acceptable disposition is reached, plea affidavits are strongly encouraged. Please work with your ADA an d defense counsel on procedure .
- Judges are encouraged to use a mail-in plea bargaining disposition process that would allow a defendant charged with a VTL infraction to proceed without a personal appearance. Please work with your ADA and defense counsel on procedure .
- While currently there exists no Executive Order nor statutory directive that would excuse a failure to appear or prevent a judge from suspending a motorist’s license for failing to appear at a court session, Judges are encouraged to utilize their judicial discretion when considering the suspension of a motorist’s license for failure to appear.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our court s have remained open although there have been periods of time that have required modifications to court operations based upon virus metrics. Early on, the courts dramatically reduced in-person proceedings, limiting those proceedings to essential matters. In the late Spring and into the Fall of 2020, the Unified Court System progressed to permitting in-person proceedings in accordance with the Governor’s un-PAUSE New York plan. Foot traffic in the courthouses was gradually increased to correspond with an improvement in the metrics measuring the spread of the Coronavirus. In the Fall of 2020, the metrics indicated the need to once again reduce foot traffic. Courts decreased in-person proceedings beginning on November 23, 2020 and again on December 9, 2020 in order to protect the health and safety of all court users, court staff and judges and to further reduce the community spread of the Coronavirus. Recently, the metrics once again indicate an opportunity to increase in-person proceedings in court facilities and while virtual appearances continue to be encouraged, in-person proceedings are permitted where access to justice and court operations require an in-person proceeding. The metrics will continue to be monitored . The court system remain s nimble and ready to quickly adapt operations as conditions warrant.
This Plan supersedes the Updated Operating Protocols Effective December 9, 2020. Commencing February 22, 2021all court operations in the 7th Judicial District of the State of New York shall be conducted pursuant to this Plan.