Erie County Surrogate’s Court



Erie County Hall
92 Franklin Street – 2nd floor
Buffalo, NY 14202


Location & Hours

Phone: 716-845-2560
Fax: 716-845-7565

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The court is closed on all state holidays.

Updates from the Court

Presumptive Alternative Dispute Resolution Program

Citations – Return to In Court Operations
August 3, 2020

Representing Yourself
July 27, 2020

Public Access To Court Records
July 13, 2020

Information for Title Searchers
July 13, 2020

August 4, 2020

Skype for Business Instructions
July 15, 2020


NYS Courts Electronic Filing (NYSCEF)

Notice Regarding Mandatory E-filing
May 28, 2020

Notice Regarding E-filing of Guardianships
July 1, 2020

Court Staff

Surrogate’s Court Judge
Honorable Acea M. Mosey
Phone: 716-845-2560

Chief Clerk
Kathleen A. Downing, Esq.
Phone: 716-845-2568
Fax: 716-845-7565

Chief Court Attorney
Joseph A. Shifflett, Esq.
Phone: 716-845-9454
Fax: 716-845-7564

Deputy Chief Clerk
Jamila A. Lee, Esq.
Phone: 716-845-2572
Fax: 716-845-7565


Main Number
Phone: 716-845-2560
Fax: 716-845-7565

General Information
Phone: 716-845-2599
Fax: 716-845-7566

Guardianship Department
Phone: 716-845-2124
Fax: 716-845-7567

Adoption Department
Phone: 716-845-2579 

Court Records
Phone: 716-845-2583

Part 36 Clerk
Phone: 716-845-2565

Help Center
Phone:  716-845-7280


Erie County Surrogate’s Court is located in Erie County Hall at 92 Franklin Street (between Church and West Eagle Streets) in downtown Buffalo, New York.

Driving Directions:

Route 190 North to Exit 7 (Church Street exit): proceed up Church Street, left on Franklin Street.

Route 190 South, Exit 8 (Niagara Street exit): right on Niagara Street to Niagara Square. Continue around Niagara Square to third street – Niagara Street. Niagara Street to Franklin Street.

NY-33 (Kensington Expressway) West to Goodell Street. Cross Main Street to Franklin Street. Left onto Franklin Street.

Public Transportation:

Nearest Metro Rail stop: Church Street stop – outside of Main Place Mall
(5 minute walk)

Nearest bus stops: Pearl Street and West Eagle Street, Pearl Street and Court Street, Franklin Street and Church Street (1 – 2 minute walk each)

Metro Bus and Rail schedules available through the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s (NFTA) website:

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