02/12/15 6:00am
02/12/2015 6:00 AM
Southold Town Justice Court Director Leanne Reilly thumbs through files in the court's conference room. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Southold Town Justice Court Director Leanne Reilly thumbs through files in the court’s conference room. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Southold Town Justice Court director Leanne Reilly stood in the town’s jury room Tuesday afternoon thumbing through files. It got that name since it’s where deliberations are held during trials.

Of course it’s also known as the conference room, thanks to the many meetings held at the shiny oak table in the center of the space.

And if there was a location you’d call the records room within the Southold Town Justice Court this one would be it, with dozens of boxes containing more than a decade’s worth of court files stored around its perimeter.

The court safe is secured here, too. One doesn’t have to be an expert in courthouse design to understand this setup is less than ideal, and it would be hard to find a soul at Southold Town Hall who would argue against that point.

Figuring out how to address the problem is something the Southold Town Board will be tasked with in the months to come, as members consider building a new facility or reconfiguring existing town buildings to create a safer, more efficient justice court.  (more…)

12/04/14 5:00pm
The incoming Southold Town Justice Court director, Leanne Reilly, will take over on Jan. 5. She currently serves as director of the Westhampton Beach Justice Court, which she has helped run for the past 10 years. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The incoming Southold Town Justice Court director, Leanne Reilly, will take over on Jan. 5. She currently serves as director of the Westhampton Beach Justice Court, which she has helped run for the past 10 years. (Credit: Paul Squire)

It’s no surprise that newly hired Southold Town Justice Court director Leanne Reilly has already heard of the controversy surrounding a previous town court clerk accused of stealing thousands from bail funds. Suffolk County court clerks are a pretty tight community, she said. They share training and best practices constantly and word travels fast.

But Ms. Reilly — a current justice court director in the Village of Westhampton Beach who has more than a decade of experience — is making one thing clear: She knows how to run a court.  (more…)