Town Justice: Judge of a Justice Court
I am writing a letter to a Town Justice asking for an extension to pay fines. How should I address the town justice in my letter? Thank you for your time.
– NM How to Address a Town Justice
Dear NM, How to Address a Town Justice
In New York (and maybe elsewhere?) – a town justice is an elected official who is a judge who presides over a town’s Justice Court. A town justice deals with vehicle and traffic infractions, landlord/tenant disputes, small claims, and smaller criminal matters. Generally, their jurisdiction is limited to events in their town. They are formally addressed in writing or a complete introduction as ‘the Honorable (Full Name)’. Like magistrates [a magistrate is a judge of magistrate court just like a town justice is a judge of town court] town justices are addressed orally on in a salutation as Judge (Name).
—-Envelope or address block on letter or email:
—-—-The Honorable John Smith
—-—-Town of (Name of Town)
—-In the salutation use:
—-—-Dear Judge Smith:
Good luck on getting the extension.
– Robert Hickey How to Address a Town Justice