Trials


If you are scheduled for Traffic Court, 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 fail to appear for trial, your driver’s license will be suspended and you could be found guilty by default because of your failure to appear. Failure to pay would result in collections actions 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 4:00 p.m.

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

  • 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.
  • Face masks are required in City Hall at all times.
  • Maintain social distancing; only 4 people in an elevator at once.
  • 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 and temperature screening 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.
  • Failure to appear may result in a Default Conviction.


Virtual Trial Option

If you have an upcoming trial, you may choose to participate remotely over video/audio conferencing software.


Requirements for a Virtual Trial


  • You must have a video and audio enabled device (laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc)
  • You must APPEAR ON VIDEO. If you attempt to join without video, you will not be admitted to the virtual courtroom and you will be considered Fail To Appear.
  • You must log into the secure virtual traffic court meeting link at least 10 minutes before your scheduled hearing time. *You will be muted until your case is called*
  • Cisco WebEx Meetings can be accessed using your browser, or via Cisco WebEx Meetings desktop and mobile apps.
  • It is STRONGLY recommended that you test the site and download the app in the days before your court date.
  • Have your photo ID ready for identification verification. Your face must be visible during your hearing.
  • To request a virtual hearing, you must submit this FORM


Show All Answers

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