Essex County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

There were a total of 48 murder arrests in Essex County in 2016, the most recent year with a complete set of crime statistics. That year, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault accounted for 22, 598, and 1,069 arrests respectively. Among property crimes, larceny-theft got the most arrests with 1,507 bookings while 468 people were brought in for burglary and 34 arrested for motor vehicle theft.

A total of 19,924 offenses were committed in Essex County in 2016. This figure represents a 9% dip in overall crime compared to the previous year. A breakdown of 2016 crime figures for the county shows that there were 124 murders, 195 rapes, 2,297 robberies, and 1,991 aggravated assaults. The year also recorded 2,628 burglaries, 9,351 larceny-thefts, and 3,418 motor vehicle thefts.

Comparing these figures to 2015 crime statistics for the county provides a good indication of crime trends in the county. This comparison reveals that rape and aggravated assault rates grew by 3% and 1% respectively. On the other hand, murder rate dropped by 12% while there were 21% fewer robbery incidents and burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft rates shrank by 19%, 2%, and 13% respectively.

The Essex County Sheriff’s Office provides police reports upon requests but only to individuals involved in the reports. The only way to obtain a police report in the county is to come to the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) with a valid photo ID. BCI is on the 2nd floor of the Veterans Courthouse at 50 W Market Street, Newark. The Sheriff’s Office charges $2 per report and accepts payment in check and money order.

Criminal Records

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. Use zip code and street address searches to see all registered offenders in your area. The search tool also provides links for finding non-compliant and incarcerated sex offenders.

The 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.

Court Records

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.

Public Records

Birth, marriage, and death records for Essex County are available from the New Jersey Department of Health’s Office of Vital Statistics and Registry. Requesters can find copies of these records dating back to 1919. Other available vital records include domestic partnership records from 2004 and civil union records from 2007 to date.

Submit an online request for any of these vital records 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.

Residents of Essex County can also obtain copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates from the Vital Statistics Offices in their municipalities. Here is the complete list of local Vital Statistics Offices in the county:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Montclair Township
Arlene Karp
205 Claremont Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
Phone: 973-509-4970

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

Newark City - Marriages Only
Sonia Carvalhoso
City Clerk's Office
920 Broad St
City Hall Room B9
Newark, NJ 07102-
Phone: 973-733-3826
Fax: 973-733-3825

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

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

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

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

South Orange Village Towns
Kevin D. Harris
76 South Orange Avenue
Suite 302
South Orange, NJ 07079
Phone: 973-378-7715 x7722
Fax: 973-761-4357

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

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

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