Thursdays at 6:00 PM
Court convenes promptly at 6:00 PM
Ashford Community Center
COURT CLERK BUSINESS HOURS:
Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Thursday 12:00 Noon - 6:00 PM
CLOSED on Friday
ALL Court matters
must be directed to the court. Please do not leave messages with
other town government personnel or offices as they are not able to help
you and will only delay the timeliness of our response. Please
read the following information carefully as we believe it will answer
most of your questions.
Justice Melinda Mellon
Phone: 716.942.6016 ext 3
Phone: 716.942.6016 ext 2
Frances Engels and Angela Ghani
Deputy Court Clerk
Mary Kay Williams
the Ashford Town Court
A court clerk will generally be available to help you by calling the
court on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings between 9 AM and Noon and on
Thursday afternoons between 12:00 Noon - 6 PM. The court convenes every
Thursday at 6 PM unless it is a nationally recognized holiday.
Please remember that court personnel are prohibited by law from
providing you with any legal advice. We will attempt to guide you
through the process; but if you have legal concerns, you should seek the
advice of counsel.
If you have received a traffic ticket in the Town of Ashford, you may
appear on the date indicated in the left bottom portion of the ticket or
you may plea by mail by following the instructions printed on the
right-hand side of the ticket.
If you plead "guilty", the Judge will assess any fine or other state
mandated surcharge and you will receive a fine notice by return mail
indicating how much you are to pay.
If you return a plea of "not guilty", you will receive a notice that
your case was adjourned to a new date and you will be provided with a
letter further explaining your options. Please make sure the
address information that you are providing is up-to-date and accurate.
Please be advised that your failure to respond appropriately will result
in the suspension of your driver's license and may result in a warrant
for your arrest. This is to include the residents of other states
and Canada. Beware that often your home state will suspend your
driver's license in that state for failure to appear or failure to pay
your traffic tickets in this state.
Your "fine notice" will explain several ways to pay. Generally you
may stop in to the court on Thursdays between 3 -6 PM or you may mail it
to the court. We DO NOT accept any personal checks. You may
pay in cash, certified check or money order, or by credit card (Visa or
Mastercard). Please be advised that a 2.99% service fee will be
assessed by the service provider on all credit card payments.
Neither the Town of Ashford nor the Ashford Town Court receive any of
When paying by mail, please be sure that your name and or case number
are clearly listed in the correspondence so that you are sure of
receiving credit for the payment. You are also asked to include a
stamped, self-addressed envelope and a receipt will promptly be returned
All civil cases are scheduled for trial when they are filed. The
best way to file a civil case is to stop into the court on Thursdays
between 3 - 6 PM so that we can accept the paperwork, filing fee, and
schedule a hearing date.