How to Address a Town Justice

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)
—-—-Justice Court

—-In the salutation use:
—-—-Dear Judge Smith:

—-—-Judge Smith

Good luck on getting the extension.

– Robert Hickey How to Address a Town Justice

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"