If you request a trial, your case will be heard by a Judicial Hearing Officer, an experienced judge with special training in the Traffic Laws. A Judicial Hearing Officer has the authority to decide whether or not you are guilty and to set a fine if you are found guilty. 

A Judicial Hearing Officer also has the authority to revoke or suspend your driver’s license when required by law or when the Judicial Hearing Officer believes it is in the interest of traffic safety. Just as in traffic courts in other areas of the state, you may present witnesses and evidence at your trial and you have a right to be represented by an attorney. 

If you don't appear for trial, your driver’s license will be suspended and you could be found guilty by default because of your failure to respond. Failure to pay would result in license suspension for not paying the fine and a judgment would be entered against you.

Time & Location

Traffic Court is held several days per week. Court sessions are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Judicial Hearings are held at:
Buffalo City Hall
65 Niagara Square
Room 1802
Buffalo, NY 14202

If You Are Scheduled

  • If you are scheduled for a hearing, you must appear on the date and time listed on the appearance notice you received. 
  • Bring your hearing notice with you.
  • Photo ID is required.
  • Please allow yourself ample travel time in order to find parking and to pass through security. You will be required to pass through a metal detector when entering the building. Cell phones must be turned off at all times. Don’t forget to bring quarters and dollar bills for the parking meters. Pay-by-cell available in all zones. Download
  • Failure to appear may result in a Default Conviction.

Show All Answers

1. Answering a Ticket
2. Payment
3. Trials
4. Traffic Prosecutor
5. License Suspension "Scofflaw"
6. Appeal After a Guilty Verdict
7. Default Convictions
8. Scofflaw/Default Judgment
9. Tickets Issued Before July 1, 2015
10. Adjournments
11. Dismissals on Proof
12. Applicable Fees
13. Annual Reports