What is the New York City Civil Court?

By: Robert J. Nahoum

A man in suit and tie with his arms crossed.

In New York State, the court system is referred to as the “Unified Court Systemâ€.  However, in reality, the courts are far from unified.  Each county has a “Supreme Courtâ€.  The Supreme Court has the jurisdictional authority to hear any kind of case but generally only hears cases where the amount in dispute is over $25,000.00.

The $25,000.00 jurisdictional limit of the Supreme Court leaves most debt collection cases to be heard in other courts.  Those courts can be divided into three categories:

(1) Cases in which the defendant (the person being sued) lives New York City;

(2) Cases in which the defendant lives in any other city that is NOT New York City; and

(3) Cases where the defendant lives somewhere other than a city like a town of village.


The Civil Court of the City of New York has jurisdiction over civil cases involving amounts up to $25,000.  It includes a small claims part for informal dispositions of matters not exceeding $5,000 and a landlord and tenant/housing part for landlord-tenant matters of unlimited amounts and housing code violations.

Each of the five boroughs has Civil Court division located at:

851 Grand Concourse
Bronx NY 10451

Brooklyn, (Kings County)
141 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Manhattan (New York County)
111 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013

89-17 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica, New York 11435

Richmond (Staten Island)
927 Castleton Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10310

The civil procedure rules for the Civil Court of the City of New York is called the “New York City Civil Court Act†and is cited as “CCAâ€.

Under the CCA, consumer debt collection cases must be filed in the county in which the consumer lives.

If you need help settling or defending a debt collection law suit, stopping harassing debt collectors or suing a debt collector, contact us today to see what we can do for you.  With office located in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Rockland County, the Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum defends consumers in debt collection cases throughout the Tristate area including New Jersey.

The Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum, P.C
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