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.
___What I don’t cover on this site are many things I do cover in my book: all the rules of forms of address, about names, international titles, precedence, complimentary closes, details on invitations, place cards, all sorts of introductions, etc. I hope you’ll get a copy of the book if you’d like the further detail.

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”