Justice Court

1215 Centre Road, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, NY 12572

(The Justice Court building is behind the Clinton Library)

**** NOTICE ****

Effective March 15, 2021, Court is now open to the public at limited capacity.

Court Facility Operations/Safety Protocols:

  • Occupancy of all public areas of the court facility is limited to 25% of the posted room occupancy per code. Individuals will not be allowed to congregate in hallways, entry ways or outside while awaiting entry into the courtroom/courthouse. In addition, occupancy of all courtrooms is limited to the lesser of 20 people or 25% of the posted room occupancy per code.
  • While in the court facility (other than in a closed private office), all court personnel and visitors must cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering.
  • A distance of a minimum of six feet must be kept between all individuals at all times.
  • NOTE – Currently there exists no Executive Order nor statutory directive that would excuse a failure to appear or prevent the judge from suspending a motorist’s license for failing to appear at a court session.

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. Entry into the building will only be allowed to those parties wearing appropriate facial masks.  Please remember to bring your mask with you and to leave it on at all times when you are on the municipal campus.
  3. Only parties to a case may enter the courthouse.  No guests are allowed.
  4. Parties are directed to maintain social distancing standards in accordance with the operating protocols listed above.
  5. Parties are directed to bring their own pen to sign documents as the Court will not be able to provide you with one.
  6. Payment via credit card is encouraged.

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.