Michael Cole - Justice
Robert F. Woods - Associate Village Justice
The Village Justice who is elected for a four-year term of office heads the Village Court.
The Associate Village Justice is available in the event of absence of the Village Justice. The Acting Village Justice is appointed by the Mayor. The Court Clerk, upon recommendation of the Village Justice is appointed by the Mayor.
Diane Casell, Court Clerk
Alden, NY 14004
Phone: (716) 937-9216 Ext. 114
Monday & Tuesday 9-5
1st Monday of the month is Vehicle and Traffic at 4:30 pm and Criminal at 6:00 pm
3rd & 5th Mondays of the month are civil and criminal at 6:00 pm
If Monday is a holiday, court is on Tuesday the day after.
Adjournments will be granted for good cause.
The Village Court plays a vital role in the protection of our safety and our rights as residents of the Village of Alden.
Every City and Town and most Villages have a court which handles civil and criminal matters.
Any criminal act which occurs in the Village is initially under the jurisdiction of our Village Court. After the arrest occurs, the individual is brought to court for an arraignment. The arraignment is the time when a plea of guilty or not guilty is entered to the charge, and if necessary, bail is set.
The Village of Alden Court meets the 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday evenings, to hear criminal and civil matters. (Trial and arraignments are held as needed.)
When a defendant appears on a Monday, they will appear with his or her attorney. By that date, a background check will have been conducted by the Erie County District Attorney's Office who will then attempt to resolve any discrepancies in the case and negotiate a plea or set the matter for trial. The District Attorney's Office has as assistant in each of the individual courts to handle these criminal matters. On the court date, any victims and the arresting officers will also appear to discuss the case with the Assistance District Attorney.
The Village Court will also resolve civil disputes up to $3,000 in value. Any individual who resides or does business in the Village of Alden may bring an action in our Village Court, against any other individual living in Erie County. An individual not residing in the Village of Alden may also sue, in our Village court, any individual residing or doing business in the Village of Alden.
The Court will also hear matters concerning landlords and tenants such as eviction proceedings, rent due or abandonment of the property. Any violations of the Village Code, such as zoning, etc. and violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Code will also be heard in this court. These matters are heard on Monday evenings.
Our Court also handles Small Claims Court actions. These matters are heard on Monday evenings. Only an individual may bring an action in Small Claims Court up to a monetary limit of $3,000 against any person or corporation who owes money if that person or corporation (1) lives, (2) has an office for the transaction of business or (3) works within the Village.
All criminal, civil and Small Claims Court proceedings are open to the public. If you are interested in learning more about our court, please feel free to observe the proceedings.