Course Description

Introduction to NYS Court Practice:Justice Courts - LAW856
4 Credits

This course engages students in a critical examination of the work of local town and village justice courts, including the history, the impact of recent reforms, and the substantive law practiced in these courts. The course has two main components: (1) courtroom observation/interaction with town and village justices; and (2) participation in a weekly seminar. Court sessions meet during the evening hours or on weekends and typically last about three hours. The three-hour weekly seminar is built around the substantive work of the Justice Courts, and will include participation of judges, town and village attorneys, practitioners and select faculty. (No prerequisite. Preference given to evening students. Satisfies Intermediate Skills Requirement.)