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Essex County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Essex County Public Records?

According to the New Jersey Open Public Record Act, Essex County public records consist of any non-confidential information generated and kept in connection with a public official business. Essex public records may exist in different mediums, including prints, documents, drawings, maps, plans, photographs, microfilm, data processed, or image processed documents. Nevertheless, not all records are open to the public. The following records are not public in Essex County:

  • Correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, or any other communication prepared by, or for, the specific use of a member of the Legislature in the course of the member’s official duties
  • Medical examiner records
  • Criminal investigatory records
  • Victim records
  • Trade secrets and proprietary information
  • Attorney-client information
  • Computer security information
  • Building security information
  • Information that is kept confidential pursuant to a court order
  • Personal identifying information

Essex County Crime Statistics

The New Jersey State Police provides annual reports of crimes occurring within the state. According to these reports, Essex County recorded a total number of 15,493 crimes, consisting of 3,028 violent crimes and 12,465 property crimes in 2019. Violent crimes reported include 75 murders, 240 rapes, 1,172 robberies, and 1,541 aggravated assaults while the property crimes comprise 1,712 burglaries, 8,150 larcenies, and 2,603 motor vehicle thefts. Compared to the report of the previous year, the county experienced a considerable decline in its crime rates. Murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault declined by 24%, 5%, 13%, and 15% respectively. The rate of burglary (17%), larceny (7%), and auto theft (22%) also decreased within the same period.

Are Essex County Criminal Records Public?

Essex County criminal records are precluded from public access. Rather, they are available at the state level to the recordant and other authorized individuals for employment purposes. The New Jersey State Police maintains statewide Criminal History Record Information (CHRI). This information is available to eligible persons through fingerprint-based and name-based checks.

On the one hand, fingerprint-based checks can be made through personal requests (which can be notarized, or for employment), Noncriminal Justice Licensing/Employment Requests, and personal employer requests. Interested residents should follow the instructions on the New Jersey CHRI page. Inquiries about this process may be directed to the New Jersey State Police Criminal Information Unit using the following contact information:

New Jersey State Police
West Trenton, NJ 08628
P.O. Box 7068
Phone: (609) 882-2000, extension 2918
Email: CIU@gw.njsp.org

On the other hand, residents can perform name-based checks by completing the SBI 212B Form. This check requires the consent of the record subject, and it costs $20. Payment can be made via a credit or debit card.

How to Obtain Essex County Police Reports and Arrest Records?

Essex County arrest records and police reports are maintained and issued by the Office of the Essex County Sheriff. Residents can obtain their Essex arrest records by contacting the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) of the Sheriff’s Office located at:

Essex County Sheriff - Bureau of Criminal Identification
50 West Market Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 621-4111
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Similarly, Essex police reports can be accessed via the BCI. For motor vehicle accident reports, requesters are to submit a completed copy of the Request for Report form to the address above. Residents can confirm the availability of their report through a phone call before heading to the Sheriff’s office.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Essex County?

New Jersey law empowers the State Police to gather information about registered sex offenders in a central database and make this available to the public online. Residents of Essex County can find sex offenders living in their neighborhoods by searching the New Jersey Sex Offender Registry. Find an individual sex offender by searching by name or email address. Residents can use zip code and street address searches to see all registered offenders within their vicinity. The search tool also provides links for finding non-compliant and incarcerated sex offenders.

The information provided by Registry is limited to Level- 3 and Level-2 sex offenders alone. Information on Level-1 sex offenders is not available. This registry also includes an email notification system. Interested persons can sign up to get timely information on sex offenders within their neighborhood.

How to Find Essex County Inmate Records?

The Essex Department of Corrections oversees the operations of the correctional facility in Essex County as well as inmate records. It provides a handy Inmate Lookup tool on its website. Use it to search the Department’s Inmate Database and find the location of individuals booked into the county jail. The database can be searched by using the inmate’s first name, last name, and date of birth. Inmates can also be searched with unique identifiers or values. Alternatively, inquiries about inmate records can be directed to the Essex Department of Corrections by phoning (973) 274-7500.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Essex County Jail?

Interested persons can visit inmates in the Essex County Correctional Facility located at:

Essex County Department of Corrections
354 Doremus Avenue
Newark, NJ 07105

To visit an inmate in Essex County Jail, contact the Department of Corrections at (973) 274-7500. The visitation periods are

  • Wednesdays: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m and 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
  • Sundays: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Court Records

Essex County’s court system consists of Superior Courts, a Surrogate’s Court, and Municipal Courts. The Superior Courts generally handle matters beyond the jurisdiction of other courts serving the County. Surrogate’s Courts have jurisdiction over uncontested probate matters, such as admitting wills to probate, appointing personal representatives and administrators of estates, and appointing guardians of minors. Municipal Courts have limited jurisdiction over some types of criminal cases. The courts provide public access to records of cases they handle. According to New Jersey State Laws, court records include:

  • Information maintained by a court in any form in connection with a case or judicial proceeding;
  • Any order, judgment, opinion, or decree related to a judicial proceeding;
  • Official transcripts or recordings of a public judicial proceeding;
  • Information in a computerized case management system created/prepared by a court in connection with a case or judicial proceeding;
  • Any record made or maintained by a surrogate as a judicial officer.

Location of Courts in Essex County

Superior Courts in Essex County

Essex County Superior Court (Criminal)
Veterans Courthouse
50 West Market Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 776-9300

Essex County Superior Court (Civil)
Historic Courthouse
470 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 776-9300

Essex County Superior Court (Special Civil Part, Small Claims, Landlord-Tenant)
Hall of Records
465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 776-9300

Essex County Superior Court (Family, Chancery, General Equity)
Robert N. Wilentz Court Complex
212 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 776-9300

Surrogate’s Courts in Essex County

Essex County Surrogate’s Office
Hall of Records
465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Room 206
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 621-4900
Fax: (973) 621-2647

Municipal Courts in Essex County

Belleville Township Municipal Court
152 Washington Avenue
Belleville, NJ 07109
Phone: (973) 450-3319
Fax: (973) 450-0935

Bloomfield Township Municipal Court
Law Enforcement Building
1 Municipal Plaza
Room 227
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: (973) 680-4078
Fax: (973) 680-4082

Caldwell Municipal Court
1 Provost Square
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: (973) 403-4630
Fax: (973) 403-7574

Cedar Grove Municipal Court
525 Pompton Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
Phone: (973) 239-1410 ext. 205
Fax: (973) 239-0312

East Orange Municipal Court
221 Freeway Drive East
East Orange, NJ 07018
Phone: (973) 266-5300
Fax: (973) 266-5249

Essex Fells Municipal Court
141 Gould Avenue
North Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: (973) 228-6420
Fax: (973) 228-5195

Fairfield Township Municipal Court
230 Fairfield Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Phone: (973) 882-2700 ext. 2502
Fax: (973) 882-2714

Glen Ridge Municipal Court
825 Bloomfield Avenue
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
Phone: (973) 748-8116
Fax: (973) 748-3926

Irvington Municipal Court
Public Safety Building
1 Civic Square
Irvington, NJ 07111
Phone: (973) 399-6678
Fax: (973) 399-6746

Livingston Municipal Court
357 South Livingston Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
Phone: (973) 535-7970
Fax: (973) 535-7997

Maplewood Township Municipal Court
1618 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Phone: (973) 762-2839
Fax: (973) 762-9367

Millburn Township Municipal Court
435 Essex Street
Millburn, NJ 07041
Phone: (973) 564-7066
Fax: (973) 564-7764

Montclair Township Municipal Court
Montclair Public Safety Building
647 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
Phone: (973) 509-4774
Fax: (973) 744-6902

Newark Municipal Court
31 Green Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 733-6520
Fax: (973) 733-8533

North Caldwell Municipal Court
141 Gould Avenue
North Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: (973) 228-6410 ext. 109
Fax: (973) 228-5195

Nutley Township Municipal Court
Public Safety Building
228 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor
Nutley, NJ 07110
Phone: (973) 284-4945
Fax: (973) 284-4914

Orange Municipal Court
Freddie Polhill Law and Justice Complex
29 Park Street
Orange, NJ 07050
Phone: (973) 266-4161
Fax: (973) 672-5233

Roseland Municipal Court
19 Harrison Avenue
Roseland, NJ 07068
Phone: (973) 226-0641

South Orange Municipal Court
1618 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Phone: (973) 762-2839
Fax: (973) 762-9367

Verona Township Municipal Court
600 Bloomfield Avenue
Verona, NJ 07044
Phone: (973) 857-4772
Fax: (973) 857-4792

West Caldwell Municipal Court
21 Clinton Road
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: (973) 226-3373

West Orange Municipal Court
60 Main Street
West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone: (973) 325-4080

Are Essex County Court Records Public?

Pursuant to New Jersey law, a number of Essex County court records are public and can be accessed at the courthouses. However, the following groups of Essex court records are precluded from public access:

  • Confidential Records;
  • Internal Records;
  • Records of Criminal and Municipal Court Proceedings;
  • Records of Family Part Proceedings;
  • Records of Guardianship Proceedings;
  • Records pertaining to alternative dispute resolution proceedings (e.g. mediation);
  • Records that are impounded, sealed, or subject to court protective order

Can you look up an Essex County Court Case Online?

Civil, criminal, family, and probate cases are heard in the Essex County Veterans Courthouse. The court’s records are available on the website of the New Jersey Courts. This website hosts case documents for different court divisions on separate portals. Civil case documents are available on the eCourt Civil Case Jacket while criminal case records are on the Convictions and Judgements portals. The central database also hosts Judgement Liens and Tax Court Cases.

How to Obtain Essex County Civil Court Case Records?

Essex County civil court records are available online, or upon written request for them. Residents can access Essex Civil case records online through the eCourt Civil Case Jacket on the New Jersey Courts website. Persons may also make written requests to the Civil Division of the Essex County Superior Court at:

Essex County Superior Court
Historic Courthouse
470 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 776-9300

Written requests are to include a completed Record Request Form, applicable fees, and a self-addressed stamped business-size envelope. Essex civil court records cost $15 per certified copy while the court’s seal costs $10. Checks and money orders addressed to the Treasurer, State of New Jersey are the acceptable means of payment. Requesters appearing in person can pay in cash. Residents should contact their respective municipal courts for civil cases handled at the municipality level.

How to Obtain Essex County Criminal Court Records?

Residents can access Essex County criminal court records online, or request for them in writing. Essex criminal court records are available online via the Convictions and Judgements portals of the New Jersey Courts website. Interested persons may also submit written requests including a completed Record Request Form and applicable fees to the Criminal Division of the Essex County Superior Court located at:

Essex County Superior Court
Veterans Courthouse
50 West Market Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 776-9300

A certified copy of an Essex criminal court record costs $15 while requesters may also pay $10 for the seal of the court. Payment can be made in the form of checks and money orders. Cash is only accepted for in-person requests only. Checks/money orders are to be made payable to the Treasurer, State of New Jersey. Additionally, requesters are also to include a self-addressed stamped business-size envelope in order to speed the return of copies. Residents are to contact their respective municipalities to access records of criminal citations of the Municipal Courts.

Conducting a search is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.

What are Essex County Vital Records?

Essex County vital records are official proof of certain life events that occur within the county’s jurisdiction. These records which are maintained and issued by the government include Essex birth, death, marriage, and divorce records. Birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates are maintained by the Vital Statistics Office in the municipality where the event was recorded, while divorce records are issued by the office of the Essex County Superior Court Clerk. At the state level, the New Jersey Department of Health provides eligible members of the public with access to marriage, birth, and death records from 1919 to date. Requesting vital statistics may involve processes like filling a request form, providing payment, and valid government-issued ID. Here is the complete list of local Vital Statistics Offices in the county:

Belleville Township
Municipal Building
152 Washington Avenue
Belleville, NJ 07109
Phone: (973) 450-3400 Ext 3401
Fax: (973) 450-5975

Bloomfield Township
Room #111
1 Municipal Plaza
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: (973) 680-4029

Caldwell Borough
1 Provost Square
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: (973) 403-4623
Fax: (973) 403-4625

Cedar Grove Township
Municipal Building
525 Pompton Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
Phone: (973) 239-1410 x224
Fax: (973) 239-4187

East Orange City
143 New Street
Room 100A
East Orange, NJ 07017
Phone: (973) 266-5450
Fax: (973) 672-5063

Essex Fells Borough
Borough Hall
P.O. Box 38
255 Roseland Ave
Essex Fells, NJ 07021
Phone: (973) 226-3400
Fax: (973) 228-4439

Fairfield Township
230 Fairfield Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Phone: (973) 882-2700
Fax: (973) 882-0365

Glen Ridge Borough
Municipal Building
825 Bloomfield Avenue
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
Phone: (973) 748-8400

Irvington Township
Municipal Building
1 Civic Square
Irvington, NJ 07111
Phone: (973) 399-6644
Fax: (973) 416-6400

Livingston Township
Township Hall
204 Hillside Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
Phone: (973) 535-7961 x222
Fax: (973) 535-3234

Maplewood Township
Municipal Building
574 Valley Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Phone: (973) 762-8120
Fax: (973) 762-2805

Millburn Township
Township Hall
375 Millburn Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
Phone: (973) 564-7087
Fax: (973) 564-7569

Montclair Township
205 Claremont Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
Phone: (973) 509-4970

Newark City
394 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 733-6510
Fax: (973) 424-4207

Newark City - Marriages Only
City Clerk’s Office
920 Broad Street
City Hall Room B9
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 733-3826
Fax: (973) 733-3825

North Caldwell Borough
Borough Hall
141 Gould Avenue
North Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: (973) 228-6410
Fax: (973) 228-2914

Nutley Township
Town Hall
149 Chestnut Street
Nutley, NJ 07110
Phone: (973) 284-4976

Orange City
City Hall
29 North Day Street
Orange, NJ 07050
Phone: (973) 266-4068 or 4072
Fax: (973) 676-7244

Roseland Borough
Borough Hall
140 Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ 07068
Phone: (973) 428-3039
Fax: (973) 228-1494

South Orange Village Towns
76 South Orange Avenue
Suite 302
South Orange, NJ 07079
Phone: (973) 378-7715 x7722
Fax: (973) 761-4357

Verona Township
880 Bloomfield Avenue
Verona, NJ 07044
Phone: (973) 857-4800
Fax: (973) 857-4828

West Caldwell Township
Municipal Building
30 Clinton Road
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: (973) 226-2300
Fax: (973) 226-2396

West Orange Township
Department of Health
66 Main Street
West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone: (973) 325-4121
Fax: (973) 325-4005

Where and How to Obtain Essex County Divorce Records?

Essex County divorce records are maintained and issued by the Clerk of the Essex County Superior Court. To obtain divorce records, complete the Record Request form and send it together with payment and self-addressed envelope to:

Superior Court Clerk’s Office
R.J. Hughes Justice Complex
25 W. Market Street
Sixth Floor North Wing
Trenton, NJ 08611
Trenton, NJ 08625-0971 (messenger service)
P.O. Box 971
Phone: (609) 421-6100
Fax: (609) 292-6564
Email: Scco.Mailbox@njcourts.gov

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

An Essex divorce certificate costs $10, while a copy of a final judgment of divorce is $25. Requesters may also pay $10 for the seal of the court. Payment can be made in the form of a check and money order made payable to the Treasurer, State of New Jersey. Cash is only accepted for in-person requests only.

Where and How to Get Public Essex County Marriage Records?

Essex County marriage records are available at the Vital Statistics Office of the municipality where the marriage was recorded. Alternatively, marriage records can be requested via mail from the New Jersey Department of Health. To do so, requesters must fill out the Application for Certified Copy of Vital Record, and send it along with valid ID, payment, and evidence of relationship with the record subject(s) to:

Office of Vital Statistics & Registration
NJ Department of Health
P.O. Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625-0370

Requesters may also submit an online request for an Essex marriage certificate via the Department of Health’s Vital Records Online Service webpage. Using this service attracts a $5 fee per record plus another $5 fee for authenticating the record found. There is also a $12 fee for mailing ordered copies by UPS.

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in Essex County?

All marriages in Essex County are confidential.

Where and How to Find Essex County Birth Records?

Essex County birth records can be obtained at the Vital Statistics Office of the municipality where the record subject resides. Requests for Essex birth certificates may also be directed to the New Jersey Department of Health. Interested persons are to send a completed Application for Certified Copy of Vital Record, copy of valid ID, payment, and evidence of relationship with the record subject(s) to:

Office of Vital Statistics & Registration
NJ Department of Health
P.O. Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625-0370

Residents may also request Essex birth records by submitting online requests on the Online Service webpage of the Department of Health’s Vital Records. This service attracts a $5 fee per record copy together with a $5 authentication fee and a $12 fee for mailing copies by UPS.

Where and How to Find Essex County Death Records?

Essex County death records are available at the Vital Statistics Office of the municipality where the marriage was recorded. At the state level, death records can be requested via mail from the New Jersey Department of Health. Complete and mail the Application for Certified Copy of Vital Record, along with valid ID, payment, and evidence of relationship with the record subject(s) to:

Office of Vital Statistics & Registration
NJ Department of Health
P.O. Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625-0370

To request an Essex death certificate online, visit the Department of Health’s Vital Records Online Service webpage. Online requests cost a $5 fee per record together with a $5 fee for authenticating the record of interest. There is also a $12 fee for mailing ordered copies by UPS.