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Criminal Part

The Town Court handles both, Civil and Criminal cases, which deal directly with issues affecting most citizens. The Town Court has criminal jurisdiction over misdemeanor offenses, (crimes which are punishable by up to 1 year in jail), as well as Vehicle & Traffic, Town Code and criminal offenses defined in other areas of the law. This Court also has jurisdiction over felony cases, for the purposes of conducting a preliminary hearing, setting bail and arraignments. Once the matter is held for the action of the Rockland County Grand Jury, after the preliminary hearing, the Court is divested of jurisdiction and the case is transferred to the County Court for further proceedings including trial.