Judicial Review: The Queens Courts

In a borough of millions, hundreds plead their case in Queens courts every day. This guide will help steer you through the Queens legal system.

Queens District Attorney’s Office

Main Office:
Criminal Court
125-01 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, NY 11415

Additional Offices:
120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, NY 11415
80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, NY 11415

Victims
If you have been the victim of a crime, call 911 or your local police precinct (check page 34) so that officers can gather information and evidence and officially start the legal process.

District Attorney
Once sufficient information and evidence is gathered and an arrest is made, the borough’s top law enforcement official, District Attorney Richard Brown, steps in. His office prosecutes criminal cases on behalf of the public at no cost to the victim(s).
The Queens District Attorney maintains a website, www.queensda.org, a directory of important phone numbers and general information about each bureau and crime fighting task force in his jurisdiction. He also publishes press releases about notable cases, but information about the victim is kept confidential.
For more information, call the main number at (718) 286-6000.

Defendants
Victims are not the only ones with free lawyers at their disposal.
Those arrested on criminal charges (drugs, assault, robbery) may request the presence of a lawyer when questioned by authorities. These lawyers are appointed by the court and paid for by the public. Those court-appointed lawyers can be replaced at the defendant’s discretion for one of his/her choosing. Private defense attorneys can be found in the phone book or online.

The Courts Are Now In Session

Supreme, Civil Term – Jamaica
88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435
Phone: (718) 298-1000
Hours: 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed on holidays
Parking: Metered parking on the surrounding streets. Private parking lots are across from the courthouse.
Directions: The courthouse is located on Sutphin Blvd. between 88th and 89th avenues, approximately one quarter mile east of the Van Wyck Expressway/Hillside Avenue intersection. Take Hillside Avenue or Jamaica Avenue to Sutphin Boulevard.
By Train: The F train stops at Sutphin Boulevard. The courthouse is located one block south on Sutphin Boulevard. The E, J and Z trains stop at Sutphin Boulevard/ Archer Avenue. The courthouse is located within three blocks of the Jamaica LIRR station.
By Bus: The Q40, Q43, Q44 and Q60 bus lines stop near the courthouse. For further information, contact the NYCTA.

The Courthouse at Court Square in Long Island City.

Supreme, Civil Term – Long Island City
25-10 Court Square, Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: (718) 298-1000
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed on holidays
Parking: There is a public parking lot in the back of the courthouse.
Directions: The courthouse is located at Jackson Avenue and Thompson Street in Long Island City, across from the Citibank building. From Manhattan, take the first exit out of the Midtown Tunnel, keep right and follow the circle to 21st Street, turn right on Jackson Avenue, the courthouse is a half-mile ahead on the right. From the east, take Queens Boulevard to Thompson Street and the courthouse will be on the left, or take the L.I.E to the Van Dam Street exit and turn right on Van Dam Street and then left on Thompson Street.
By Train: The E, G and M trains stop at Court Square and the 7 train stops at Court House Square. The courthouse is located across Jackson Avenue from the Citibank tower.
By Bus: The Q19A, Q39, Q67 and  B61 bus lines stop near the courthouse. For further information, contact the NYCTA.

Supreme, Criminal Term – Kew Gardens
125-01 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Phone: (718) 298-1000
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed on holidays
Directions: The courthouse is located on Queens Boulevard at 82nd Avenue, one block east of Union Turnpike. From the west or north, get off the Grand Central Parkway or the Van Wyck Expressway at the Queens Boulevard  exit and go east on Queens Boulevard. From the south, get off the Van Wyck Expressway at the Queens Boulevard exit and the courthouse will be on the right.
By Train: The F and the E trains stop at Union Turnpike. The courthouse is located one block east on Queens Boulevard.
By Bus: The Q46 and the Q60 bus lines stop near the courthouse. For further information, contact the NYCTA.

The Queens Civil Court is located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd.

Civil Court
89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435
Phone: General Information (212) 791-6000
Phone: Civil (718) 262-7100
Fax: (718) 262-7107
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Small Claims, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; Small Claims Court, 6 p.m.to 12 a.m. Monday-Thursday; Housing, 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 8: 30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Parking: Metered parking on the surrounding streets. Private parking lots are across from the courthouse.

Criminal Court
125-01 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Phone: (718) 298-0736
Fax: (718) 520-4712
Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday-Sunday
By Train: The F and the E trains stop at Union Turnpike. The courthouse is located one block east of Queens Boulevard.
By Bus: The Q46 and the Q60 bus lines stop near the courthouse. For further information, contact the NYCTA.

Family Court
151-20 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, NY 11432
Phone: (718) 298-0197
Fax: (212) 401-9254
Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Surrogate’s Court
88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435
Phone: (718) 298-0500
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5p.m.
ADA accessibility:  Entrance ramp located at the rear of the building (148th Street). Contact the court for specific accommodations.

Misdemeanor Treatment Court
125-01 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Phone: (718) 298-0914
Fax: (212) 419-8443

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