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Essex County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What Are Essex County Arrest Records?

Essex County arrest records provide information on arrests made by state or county law enforcement authorities. In New Jersey, an individual can be questioned, booked, apprehended, and detained on account of a criminal event. Essex arrest records may also include information on the events that led to the arrest.

In New Jersey, an arrest report is not the same as a criminal record. An arrest record cannot be used to determine a person's criminal history. Copies of Essex arrest records can be obtained from the Essex County Sheriff's Office or the New Jersey State Police.

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 I.D. The office of the BCI is on the 2nd floor of the Veterans Courthouse located at:

50 W Market Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 621-4111

The Sheriff’s Office charges $2 per report and accepts payment in check and money order.

Crime Statistics

The New Jersey State Police provides a Uniform Crime Reporting for all counties in New Jersey. In 2016, there were a total of 48 murder arrests in Essex County. 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 the 2015 crime statistics provides a good indication of crime trends in Essex 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.

What Are Essex County Criminal Records?

Essex County criminal records are official documents that detail the criminal activities of people that have been convicted for a criminal offense. Unlike arrest records, these documents are appropriate indicators of a person's guilt in connection to a crime. Criminal records contain some personal information about the offender such as name, age, sex, race, physical descriptors, and also conviction information.

Criminal records accessibility is restricted in New Jersey. According to state laws, only authorized state and local agencies can access third-party criminal records. Also, individuals who seek to access their personal criminal record will need to complete a fingerprint Live Scan.

How Do I Get Essex County Criminal Records?

The New Jersey State Police provides a statewide background check. Criminal records are only open to the owner of the record and agencies authorized by law. For in-state criminal background checks, the individual will need to undergo a fingerprint capture at any of the designated locations provided by the NJSP. The fee for fingerprint scanning is $42. The individual can contact (609) 882-2000 ext. 2918 or visit the NJSP website for more information. Out of state livescan are available to individuals who have resided in New Jersey. The NJSP charges $36 as a processing fee. The official website of the Police Department has more information.

How to Find Essex County Sex Offender Information

The Division of State Police maintains a statewide database containing information on all registered sex offenders in New Jersey. New Jersey's Megan's 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.

To find sex offender data, record seekers can conduct a search by name or email address. They can also use zip code and street address searches to see all registered offenders living closeby. The search tool also provides links for finding non-compliant and incarcerated sex offenders.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Essex County Jail?

The County of Essex Department of Corrections allows inmates to receive visitors occasionally. Visits are usually contact and non-contact. All visits occur at the facility which is located at:

354 Doremus Avenue
Newark, NJ 07105
Phone 1: (973) 274-7800
Phone 2: (973) 274-7597
Fax: (973) 274-6987

Attorneys can visit their clients daily while visits by family and friends are restricted to designated periods of the week. Visitors may also refer to the inmate handbook to see if they are eligible for contact visits. The Department of Corrections also provides a Visitation Schedule handbook that contains information about visiting hours.

Where and How to Find Essex County Inmate Information

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. Record seekers can use this tool to search the Department’s Inmate Database and find the location of individuals booked into the county jail. The interested individual can search for inmates records by first and last name, date of birth and booking number. It is also possible to access records of released inmates. Inmate records are public, meaning that anyone can access them.

What Are Essex County Court Records?

Essex County court records provide information on court cases that occurred in a county court. 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.

The 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.

Location of All Courts in Essex County

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

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

Essex County Superior Court
Hall of Records
465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 776-9300

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

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

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

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What Are Essex County Vital Records

Essex County vital records include Birth, marriage, and death records. These documents are available from the New Jersey Department of Health’s Office of Vital Statistics and Registry. Other available vital records include domestic partnership records from 2004 and civil union records from 2007 to date.

Vital records are not categorized as open records in New Jersey. As such only eligible parties such as the registrants, close family members of the registrants, and their legal attorneys can apply for vital records. Residents of Essex County can 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
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 Avenue
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 St
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 Get Essex County Divorce Records

Requesters can obtain Essex County Divorce Records by submitting a request to the Clerk of the Superior Court of New Jersey The office processes requests for a certified copy of a divorce record at $10. A certified copy will contain information such as the county of venue, docket number, registrants' names and date of the Final Judgment of Divorce. The document will also be stamped with the Seal of the Superior Court. Applicants are to attach a copy of a valid photo-ID. Since vital records are not public records, the requester will also need to provide a proof of relationship. Payment is by check. All fees and documents should be submitted to:

Clerk of the Superior Court
Superior Court of NJ
Record Information Center
171 Jersey Street
P.O. Box 967
Trenton, NJ 08625-0967

Where and How to Get Essex County Marriage Records

Essex County Marriage Records are under the purview of the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry of the New Jersey Department of Health. The state department processes requests for certified copies of marriage records filed since 1901, records of domestic partnerships filed since 2004, and civil union certificates documented since 2007. Eligible parties can order for marriage records online or by mail. The requester will be charged $25 for search fees, and records will be certified if found. For mail requests, the state office requires that the applicant download and complete a request form. A copy of a valid photo I.D., appropriate payment fees, and proof of relationship are also important documents to provide. Mail requests should be sent to:

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

Where and How to Get Essex County Birth Records

The Office of Vital Statistics and Registry has Essex County Birth Records from 1918 to the present. A certified copy costs $25, which includes search fees. Any additional copy purchased the same day will be billed at $2. Mail orders can be made by downloading and filling a request form. To verify the requestor's identity, the office will request for a valid photo I.D. and a document that shows evidence of the relationship between the requester and the registrant. All documents should be mailed to:

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

Where and How to Get Essex County Death Records

Essex County Death Records filed since 1918 are maintained by the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry. Record seekers may submit requests online or via mail. The state office charges $25 per copy, and extra copies ordered at the same time costs $2 each. Requesters who opt for mail requests will need to complete a request form. They will also be required to attach a copy of a valid photo I.D and a document stating the relationship between them and the registrant. All fees and documents should be sent to:

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

Are Property Records Open to the Public in Essex County?

In accordance with the New Jersey Inspection of Public Records Act, Essex County provides public access to property records. Essex County property records are available at the office of the county’s custodian.

Where and How to Find Property Records in Essex County?

The Essex County Register of Deeds & Mortgages maintains property records in Essex County. Requests for property records can be made in person or by mail. Interested parties will need to submit a completed request form to the:

Essex County Register of Deeds & Mortgages
Hall of Records
Room 130
465 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 621-4960

How to Look Up Essex County Property Records?

The Register of Deeds and Mortgages provides online access to some property records via the public records electronic system search (PRESS). Search options include instrument number, document type, block and lot, and Name. The Essex County Tax Board maintains the property tax records search portal. It can be searched by block, lot, and qualifier, or property location, or owner name.

Location of Essex County Property Assessors

Essex County Tax Board
50 South Clinton Street
Suite 5200
East Orange, NJ 07018
Phone: (973) 395-8525

Belleville Township
152 Washington Avenue
Belleville, NJ 07109
Phone: (973) 450-3304
Fax: (973) 450-3385

Bloomfield Township
Municipal Plaza
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: (973) 680-4021
Fax: (973) 680-4046

Caldwell Township
1 Provost Square
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: (973) 226-6349
Fax: (973) 403-1355

Cedar Grove Township
525 Pompton Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
Phone: (973) 239-1410, extension 215
Fax: (973) 239-0762

East Orange City
44 City Hall Plaza
East Orange, NJ 07019
Phone: (973) 266-5105
Fax: (862) 444-0621

Essex Fells Borough
255 Roseland Avenue
P.O. Box 38
Essex Fells, NJ 07021
Phone: (973) 226-3400
Fax: (973) 228-4439
taxassessor@cedargrovenj.org

Fairfield Township
230 Fairfield Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Phone: (973) 882-2700, extension 2508
Fax: (973) 882-0365

Glen Ridge Township
P.O. Box 66
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
Phone: (973) 748-8400, extension 249
Fax: (973) 748-3926
assessor@essexfellsboro.com

Irvington Township
1 Civic Square
Irvington, NJ 07111
Phone: (973) 399-6684
Fax: (973) 416-5776

Livingston Township
357 South Livingston Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
Phone: (973) 992-5000, extension 5115
Fax: (973) 422-1152

Maplewood Township
574 Valley Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Phone: (973) 762-3433
Fax: (973) 762-3096
Fax: (973) 762-3094

Millburn Township
375 Millburn Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
Phone: (973) 564-7080
Fax: (973) 564-7468
Fax: (973) 564-7569

Montclair Township
205 Claremont Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
Phone: (973) 509-4920
Fax: (973) 746-3513

Newark City
920 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 733-3950
Fax: (973) 733-4779

North Caldwell Township
Gould Avenue
North Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: (973) 228-6417
Fax: (973) 228-2914

Nutley Township
Kennedy Drive
Nutley, NJ 07110
Phone: (973) 284-4956
Fax: (973) 284-4921

Orange Township
29 North Day Street
Orange, NJ 07050
Phone: (973) 266-4008
Fax: (973) 673-5878

Roseland Borough
19 Harrison Avenue
Roseland, NJ 07068
Phone: (973) 226-8080
Fax: (973) 226-6250

South Orange Township
Village Hall
101 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
Phone: (973) 378-7715, extension 7729
Fax: (973) 761-4357

Verona Township
880 Bloomfield Avenue
Verona, NJ 07044
Phone: (973) 857-4837
Fax: (973) 857-5134

West Caldwell Township
30 Clinton Road
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: (973) 226-2303
Fax: (973) 226-2396
tax-assessor@westcaldwell.com

West Orange Township
66 Main Street
West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone: (973) 325-4060
Fax: (973) 669-4859
taxassessor@westorange.org