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Chautauqua County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Chautauqua County Public Records?

Chautauqua County public records are records governed by the New York State Federal of Information Law (FOIL). The most commonly requested public records in Chautauqua county include vital, court, arrest, and criminal records. Despite the presumed public availability of these records, state laws and court orders often restrict public access to records containing sensitive information, such as information about minors.

Chautauqua County Crime Statistics

The Chautauqua County crime statistics are divided into violent crimes and property crimes. The most current statistics are for the year 2020. In that year, the crime index total was 2,921. There were a total of 392 violent crimes in 2020 and were categorized into murder (1), rape (82), robbery (33), and aggravated assault (276). A total of 2,529 property crimes were recorded due to 540 burglaries, 1,913 larceny, and 76 motor vehicle thefts reported in 2020. In comparison, the 2019 index crime report shows 2,795 index crimes, which translates to a 6.98% increase in crime since 2019. There were 305 reported violent crimes — a 28.52% increase in violent crimes and 2490 property crimes, resulting in a 1.57% increase in property crimes between 2019 and 2020.

Are Chautauqua County County Criminal Records Public?

The Chautauqua County criminal records are official documents that provide the criminal history of individuals that live in Chautauqua County. The records are under the management of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Interested parties who wish to be issued certified copies of these criminal records may make formal public records request at:

Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office
15 East Chautauqua Street
Mayville, NY 14757
Phone: (716) 753-2131

The New York Office of Court Administration (OCA) provides a state-wide criminal search for a $95 fee based on an exact name and date of birth. The service covers criminal cases in Chautauqua County. However, the records will not include sealed records, family, civil, or federal court information. Individuals who need a personal criminal record can contact the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services.

How to Obtain Chautauqua County Police Reports and Arrest Records?

The Records Division under the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is responsible for the processing and maintaining Chautauqua County arrest records and police reports generated by the Sheriff's Office. This includes criminal and non-criminal activities of residents in the county. Interested parties who wish to obtain Chautauqua County police reports and arrest records must contact the records division of the sheriff's office via:

Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office
15 East Chautauqua Street
Mayville, NY 14757
Phone: (716) 753-4442

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Chautauqua County

Chautauqua County provides an online sex offender registry where residents can search for sex offenders by last name, county, or zip code. It also provides information on whether the sex offender is incarcerated or in custody. It is important to note that the online directory only contains Level 2 and Level 3 registered sex offenders. Concerned citizens who wish to inquire about Level 1 sex offenders or offenders who are yet to be classified can call (800) 262-3257 during regular business hours.

How to Find Chautauqua County Inmate Records

The records division under the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is responsible for maintaining inmate records. Interested parties can submit FOIL requests for copies of inmate records to the records division of the sheriff's office. Inmate records contain information obtained during booking, including inmates' personal information, the reason for arrest, criminal background, date of arrest, and bail amount if applicable.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Chautauqua County Jail?

Individuals who wish to visit an inmate at the Chautauqua County jail must schedule a visit online at least two days in advance. Online visitation costs $4 for 10 minutes and $10 for 25 minutes, while in-person visits are free. Visitors are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled visit and provide a photo ID at check-in. Inmates are allowed to have no more than two one-hour supervised visits on Wednesdays through Sundays by friends, immediate family members, or individuals of professional service, excluding legal counsel.

In-person visits at Chautauqua County jail are from Wednesday to Sunday in scheduled times between 7:25 A.M. and 2:20 P.M. Online visits are from Sunday to Saturday between 8 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. The list below contains visitation rules at Chautauqua County jail:

  • Inmates are not allowed to have two visits in one day
  • Only two people are permitted per visit
  • An inmate can contact the warden to request a funeral or deathbed visit
  • Visitors may briefly hug and kiss at the beginning and the end of a visit
  • No physical contacts during visits
  • A child is counted as one visitor irrespective of the age of the child
  • Nothing should be brought to the visit, including but not limited to food, papers, property.
  • An inmate will be returned to the housing unit if a visitor is more than 30 minutes late.
  • An inmate will have an hour deducted from their visiting time if the visitor is late.

Chautauqua County Court Records

Chautauqua County court records contain detailed information about all cases tried in Chautauqua County courts. It is the clerk's responsibility to maintain these court records. Individuals who wish to obtain court records can visit the specific courts. The county maintains a directory for local town courts, and interested persons can see the contact information for county courts.

Supreme and County Court
Chautauqua County Courthouse
3 North Erie Street
P.O. Box 292
Mayville, NY 14757-0292
Phone: (716) 753-4266
Fax: (716) 753-4993

Family Court
2 Academy Street
Mayville, NY 14757
Phone: (716) 753-4174
Fax: (716) 753-9774

Surrogate Court
3 North Erie Street
P.O. Box C
Mayville, NY 14757
Phone: (716) 753-4339
Fax: (716) 753-4600

Are Chautauqua County Court Records Public?

Chautauqua County court records cover everything from name changes and criminal proceedings to cases that involve child abuse, divorce records, felonies, and misdemeanors. For convenience, interested parties may submit a FOIL Request Form, attach a valid photo ID, as well as payment for the applicable search fees.

How to Obtain Chautauqua County Civil Court Case Records

Parties can obtain chautauqua County civil case records from the clerk's office in the court where the case was held. Cases such as dissolution of marriage, paternity, child abuse, child neglect, and family offenses are under the family court's jurisdiction. The clerk would typically require payment in the form of a check or money order and the details to facilitate a search. These details typically include the litigants' names, case number, filing date, the name of the presiding judge if known.

How to Obtain Chautauqua County Criminal Court Records

Most criminal court cases tried at the supreme and county court have the criminal court records filed by the Chautauqua County clerk. These criminal court records include felonies, misdemeanors, and other criminal infractions. Members of the public who wish to inspect these criminal court records must visit the clerk's office during regular business hours and provide the necessary details to facilitate a search. Some of these include the litigants' names, case number, filing date, and the name of the presiding judge.

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

What are Chautauqua County Vital Records?

Chautauqua County's vital records are documents containing information about life events in the county. These vital records include marriage records, birth records, and death records. Individuals interested in obtaining Chautauqua County vital records must visit the county clerk's office during business hours.

Where and How to Obtain Chautauqua County Divorce Records

Interested parties can obtain chautauqua County's judgment of divorce (divorce records) from the office of the Chautauqua County Clerk. The divorce records cost $4 for up to four pages. There is an extra $1 for additional pages, although most divorce records are less than four pages. The county clerk's office is open on Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. The address is as follows:

Chautauqua County Clerk
1 North Erie Street
P.O. Box 170
Mayville, NY 14757
Phone: (716) 753-4331
Fax: (716) 753-4293

Where and How to Get Public Chautauqua County Marriage Records

Marriage records in Chautauqua County are located at the clerk's office where the marriage license was procured — especially for marriages that happened after 1935. Meanwhile, Individuals can obtain chautauqua County marriage records from 1908 to 1935 from the Chautauqua County Historian's Office. Individuals who wish to search the county archives must make an appointment beforehand and visit during regular business hours.

Chautauqua County Historian
1 North Erie Street
Mayville, NY 14757
Phone: (716) 753-4857

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

Marriage records in Chautauqua County are considered public records as they can be retrieved from the town, city, or village the marriage license was issued.

Where and How to Find Chautauqua County Birth Records

Interested parties can obtain the Chautauqua County birth records by visiting the clerk's office during business hours. Typically, the requirements needed to obtain birth records include:

  • A valid state-issued photo ID.
  • A formal request for access to the birth records.
  • The payment of a fee.

The requester must also provide the name of the person named on the record, parents' names, birth date, and birth location if known.

Where and How to Find Chautauqua County Death Records

Individuals can find Chautauqua County death records at the town, city, or village clerk's office where the death occurred. Individuals who wish to obtain a death record in Chautauqua county must also provide a government-issued valid photo ID and pay the necessary search fees. The requester must also provide the name of the person named on the death record, parents' names, birth date, and the deceased's address before death.