According to OCA spokesperson Lucian Chalfen, Pelham Court is not subject to the new directive as it is a Town and Village court and not a part of the Unified Court System. “Only New York State courts that are secured by Unified Court System court officers are subject to our directive,” he said. According to the Town of Pelham’s website, court security is overseen by the Town Constables, who did not respond to a request for comment by time of publication.
There are close to 1,300 Town and Village courts in New York State that see roughly 2 million cases per year. These courts handle the prosecution of misdemeanors and violations committed within a town’s boundaries, as well as some preliminary hearings in felony cases and vehicle and traffic law misdemeanors.