Tuesday, February 4, 2014

North Castle Town Court Welcomes New Judge

A view from the Court
In 2013, long standing Judge Robert McGoey announced his retirement from the bench and

a local election for the next Town Justice was held. Doug Martino prevailed at the election and was duly sworn in as the newest Judge of North Castle Justice Court.  He joins Judge Elyse Lazansky and will share the judicial caseload.
Judge McGoey presided over the court for 40 years.  He was the longest standing judge in Westchester County.  As a judge, he was well respected by litigants and attorneys that appeared before him.  He was often referred to as one of the best judges in county with a fair and impartial administration of justice.

About the court:

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Court Sessions:
Tuesday evening 5:00 pm

Phone: (914) 273-8627
Fax: (914) 273-5109

15 Bedford Road
Armonk, NY 10504

What are the responsibilities of a Judge in North Castle?

A local court judge is maintains a myriad of responsibilities.  These can include but not be limited to presiding over landlord tenant cases, local zoning violations, criminal misdemeanors, and speeding tickets. 

Civil cases in local court are often referred to as small claims cases.  There is a $3,000.00 jurisdictional limit.  Criminal cases are usually misdemeanors such a DWI, Assault in the 3rd Degree, and Petit Larceny.  Traffic tickets are mostly issued for speeding under VTL 1180 along the I-684 corridor. 

Judges in New York are required to take an oath of office and swear or affirm to uphold the laws of New York and the Unites States Constitution.

Does the Judge have any support?

The North Castle Town Court maintains a full time staff and is open 5 days a week. The clerk of the court and staff are responsible for helping the judge carry out day to day tasks such as collecting fine money, fielding phone calls, and sending out correspondence to litigants.  The court clerk’s office is located in the same building as the core municipal center.  Their office is down the hall from the police department and local government.

Is Armonk Court and North Castle Court the same thing?

Yes.  Many local residents refer to North Castle Court as Armonk Court.  The reason is that the court is located in the post office of Armonk.

What can you tell me about Judge Martino?

Doug Martino began his legal career in 1985. He has worked for the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.  He has also maintained a private practice in the 1980s located in southern Westchester.  He brings a wide range of civil and criminal experience to the bench.

Does your law firm represent clients in North Castle traffic court?

Yes.  Our law firm has over 30 years of legal experience.  We have represented clients in Armonk on both criminal and traffic cases.  We have excelled at getting tickets either dismissed or reduced.  Our hard work has earned our firm a superb reputation and a perfect avvo 10.0 rating.  We can be reached at 914-723-7900.

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