There are District Courts in Nassau County and the five western towns of Suffolk County. District…More Courts have criminal jurisdiction over misdemeanors and lesser offenses, and civil jurisdiction over claims of up to $15,000.
The District Courts are the "local criminal court" and the "local civil court" for the municipalities they serve.
The Suffolk County District Court became operational in January 1964. Prior to its creation, each of the five western towns of the county (Babylon, Huntington, Smithtown, Islip and Brookhaven) had what would now be considered a town justice court (as the five eastern towns of Suffolk County still operate).
The Uniform District Court Act transferred the authority of the five western town courts to the newly established District Court and provided for a courthouse in each of the five districts and a central location referred to as the First District.
The Head of The Bay Club was a privately owned hotel which started out as Clark House in 1872. It was later sold…More and operated under the names of Locust Lodge and Huntington Bay Lodge. The present club was organized in 1956 into a new, small clubhouse with two tennis courts, and a few cabanas.
Since the 1950s, the club boasts a swimming pool, 47 cabanas, five tennis courts, three winter paddle courts, a basketball/all sport court, a locker/recreation building, two playgrounds and a cottage for kids as well as two outdoor dining decks and many more facilities. Currently 300 families are members of the club and enjoy the services it offers.
There is also a picnic and BBQ area next to the beach. The Head Of The Bay Club has a competitive swimming team as well as tennis and sailing programs. The club is available for catering, private parties and corporate events. It also has a very popular Friday happy hour.
However, if the arrest occurs in one of the East-End towns, arraignment will occur at the appropriate Town or Village Court.
An arraignment is the formal reading of the accusatory instrument, together with a setting of bail. Provision is made to give the defendant an opportunity to get a lawyer or, if required, one is appointed. Defendant is also given statutory warnings as to his or her right to counsel.
After arraignment, misdemeanor cases are then adjourned to the Conference Part of the District Court. Cases involving felony complaints are first reviewed the District Attorney's Case Advisory Bureau (CAB). CAB will then, as appropriate, refer the case to a specialized bureau, reduce charges to misdemeanors, or present the case to a Grand Jury. CAB also conducts felony early assessment dispositions (FED's) on certain felony cases in an effort to reach appropriate dispositions of such matters.