Justice Court

1215 Centre Road, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, NY 12572

(The Justice Court building is behind the Clinton Library)

**** NOTICE ****

Effective July 14, 2021:

Town and village courts may allow individuals to appear within their court rooms without the need to have their temperature taken, or to pass any health safety screening, or to wear a face covering or mask if such individual provides proof of COVID-19 vaccination. 

Acceptable proofs of COVID-19 vaccination include:

  • COVID-19 vaccination card;
  • Photograph of a COVID-19 vaccination card contained on a mobile devise; or
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Excelsior Pass

Please have your proof of vaccination ready with you prior to entering the building.

Prior to your arrival in court, please note the following:

  1. Parties are directed to check in with the court officer prior to entering the building.
  2. Parties are directed to maintain social distancing standards in accordance with the CDC.
  3. Parties are directed to bring their own pen to sign documents as the Court.
  4. Parties are directed to turn off their cell phones prior to entering the building.
  5. Payment via credit card is encouraged.

Notice of DETOUR:

The Fiddlers Bridge Road bridge near the intersection of Long Pond Road by West Clinton Station 2 Firehouse will be closed to all traffic from July 26 through September 2021 while the bridge is being replaced. For the detour map, click here:

Detour Map

If you have any questions or concerns regarding an in court appearance, please call 845-266-5988 or email liz@clintoncourtny.com or cmcgarry@nycourts.gov

The Town of Clinton Court will continue to monitor and follow the directives provided by our key local health and government authorities as well as those provided by the CDC and World Health Organization and we will continue to keep you informed of any policy or operational changes. Please check our website for updates. 


Judge Barbara Seelbach

Clerk: Liz Johnson
Clerk Hours: Mon and Fri 10am – 2pm
Phone: 845-266-5988 x107
Email: liz@clintoncourtny.com
Fax: 845-266-3335

Criminal / DA Court: 1st Thursday – 5:00pm

Vehicle & Traffic Court: Monday – 6:00pm (Odd Months only)

Small Claims, Civil and Real Estate cases:  by appointment

(Except Holidays)

Town Calendar

Judge James V. Brands

Clerk: Colleen McGarry
Clerk Hours: Wed and Thurs 1:30pm – 5:30pm
Phone 845-266-5988 x106
Email: cmcgarry@nycourts.gov
Fax: 845-266-3335

Criminal / DA Court: 1st Thursday – 4:00pm

Vehicle & Traffic Court: Thursday – 5:30pm (Even Months only)

Small Claims, Civil and Real Estate cases:  by appointment

(Except Holidays)

Town Calendar

Mailing Address: Town of Clinton, Justice Court, 1215 Centre Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Useful Links:

Directions to Town of Clinton Court:

  1. Take the Taconic State Parkway to the Bulls Head Road exit.
  2. Go west on Bulls Head Road, towards Rhinebeck, for 2 miles.
  3. Turn left (south) onto Centre Road (Dutchess County Rt 18) and go 2 miles.
  4. The Town Hall property is on the right.
  5. The Court is behind the Clinton Library building.