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Cromarty Court Complex
Criminal Courts Building
210 Center Drive
Riverhead, New York 11901

County Courts are established in each county outside New York City. County Courts are authorized to handle criminal prosecutions of both felonies and lesser offenses committed within the county, although in practice most minor offenses are handled by lower courts. County Court judges are elected to terms of 10 years.

What if my criminal matter is a Felony?

Most Felony cases will begin in the Suffolk County First District Court with an initial arrest and arraingment. While the First District Court deals primairly with Misdemeanors, they also resolve some Felony cases. The majority of Indicted Felony cases are disposed of in the Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverhead, also known as the Arthur M. Cromarty Court Building. After a case has been presented to a Grand Jury and there is an Indictment, the matter will be scheduled for an arraingment in front of a County Court Judge in Riverhead.

Are there other courts in Suffolk County?

Yes, there are many different types of courts. There are Village Courts in some towns in Suffolk County. These courts will hear both Felony and Misdemeanorcharges, at least as far as the initial arrest and arraingment. Village Courts are designated to hear and dispose of Misdemeanors and Violations but not Felony charges which are referred to the Suffolk County Court for subsequent disposition. The Suffolk County District Court hears criminal matters that originate in the western towns, while the five towns in eastern Suffolk County have their own Town Justice Courts. These include the Southampton Court, the East Hampton Court and the Riverhead Town Court. There is also the Department of Motor Vehicles Hearing Bureau at the New York State Office Building in Hauppague which hears non-misdemeanor related traffic cases.

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