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Cortland County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Cortland County Arrest Records?

Cortland County Arrest Records are official documents that include information on the arrests or issuance of arrest warrants by law enforcement agencies in the county. These arrest records can be on an individual or about the frequency of arrests carried out in the county within a stated period.

The arrest records of an individual will include details of alleged crimes committed by the suspected offender, prior indictments, and offender’s demographics (name, date of birth, gender, race, etc). Conversely, arrest records of the county law enforcement agencies will include the arrest rates for different alleged offenses committed in the county. Information may even be broken down by crime category, gender, age, and jurisdiction.

The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office and certain local police departments gather and maintain records of arrests in the county. These records are then conveyed to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), which serves as a repository for arrest records in the state.

The DCJS is responsible for issuing individual arrest records and periodical arrest reports within their jurisdiction. Individuals can also make requests to obtain copies of arrest records by contacting local police departments, submitting requests, or carrying out online searches on their websites.

Note: Arrest records are not the same as conviction records or reported crime reports. Unlike arrest records, conviction records include conviction and sentencing details while criminal reports are focused on detailing incidents and reported cases.

Crime Statistics

The New York Division of Criminal Justice Services is responsible for collating the crime rates for all counties in the state. According to the 2018 reports of juvenile and adult arrests, Cortland County had a total of 1209 adult arrests and 118 juvenile arrests. The adult statistics showed that there were 347 felony arrests which included 60, 58, and 19 arrests for drug offenses, violent crimes, and DWIs respectively. The figures also showed that out of the 862 misdemeanor arrests, there were 182, 154, and 277 arrests for drug, DWI, and property offenses respectively.

Relatively, the 2018 crime index recorded a total of 775 reported crimes which consisted of 58 violent crimes and 717 property crimes. Larceny was the most recorded crime with 537 incidents recorded followed by 157 burglaries reported. Within the same year, there were 2, 25, 10, and 21 reported incidents of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assaults respectively.

What are Cortland County Criminal Records?

Otherwise known as a rap sheet, Cortland County criminal records are official documents with information concerning an individual’s criminal history. Details contained in the document include names, aliases, mugshots, and physical description of the subject. It may also include information on indictment, arrest warrants, conviction, sentence, and parole information. Cortland County criminal records are generated by local law enforcement and imputed into the state database. Hence, interest persons can obtain official criminal records from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

How Do I Get Cortland County Criminal Records?

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is responsible for processing criminal records requests and issuing records to eligible persons. Access to criminal records is restricted to authorized persons including the subject of the record, prospective employers, and licensing agencies.

Persons interested in obtaining personal criminal records do not need to justify requests. The individual can choose to request a suppressed response if records should not include suppressed or sealed information or choose an unsuppressed response for all criminal history records. The request process involves;

  • Scheduling an appointment with DCJS authorized fingerprinting vendors in the county via their website or call 1-(877) 472-6915
  • Provide the service code for Personal Record Review (15464Z for suppressed record and 15465F for an unsuppressed record.
  • Keep appointments and present valid identification. Minors must fill and submit the ID card for minor form.
  • Pay fees of $13.75 via credit cards or check/money order made out to ‘Idemia”
  • Submitting requests through the vendor
  • Obtain records via U.S. mail within 7 to 10 business days

Licensing agencies and potential employers can obtain records by filling and notarizing the Request for Criminal History Record Information form. The form must then be submitted in person or via mail with indicated fees and valid identification to;

Office of Legal Services
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
80 South Swan St.
Albany, NY 12210

How to Find Cortland County Sex Offender Information?

The Cortland County website provides a listing of sex offenders published by the Cortland Police Department. The list consists of level 1 to 3 sex offenders who reside in the City of Cortland and complete sex offender information of level 2 and 3 offenders can be obtained by clicking on a name. For additional research, residents of Cortland County can also search the New York State Sex Offender Registry which is managed by the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Cortland County residents can obtain information on Level 1 or unclassified offenders by calling (800) 262-3257 every weekday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding holidays). When prompted, callers must provide information like social security number, driver’s license number, exact address, or date of birth, after which offender details will be given.

Lastly, residents can sign up for N.Y. Alerts for periodical email notifications on the location and compliance status of sex offenders.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Cortland County Jail?

To visit inmates held in Cortland County Jail, interested persons must satisfy all eligibility requirements and visitation procedures set by the correctional facility. The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office is tasked with overseeing visitations and security of the Cortland County Correctional Facility located at;

54 Greenbush Street,
Cortland, NY, 13045

Eligibility requirements and terms for visitation include the following:

  • Individuals who are eligible for inmate visits include the inmate's family, friends, attorneys, religious leaders, and others approved by the warden.
  • A picture identification card is required upon sign in and individuals with criminal records or who are considered to be security risks will not be permitted to visit.
  • Adults with photo identification must accompany minors
  • Visitors must respect the prison dress code
  • Inmates are allowed a to receive two one-hour visits each week with a maximum of two persons per visit so visitor are encouraged to schedule visits beforehand by contacting;

Nick Lynch, Captain
54 Greenbush Street
Cortland, NY 1045
Email: nlynch@cortland-co.org
Phone: (607) 756-3438

  • Visitors must sign in at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time.
  • Visitors are subject to search and video recording
  • Physical contact must be at the minimum and nothing must be exchanged between visitors and inmates. Violation of prison contraband laws can lead to prison terms.
  • The disorderly conduct of visitors or children may lead to termination of visits or suspension of visitation rights.

Visitation times are as follows:

  • A Block & Section I: Tuesday and Friday, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • B Block & Section III: Tuesday and Friday, 9:10 – 10:10 a.m.
  • C Block & Section II: Tuesday and Friday, 10:20 – 11:20 a.m.
  • D Block: Thursday and Sunday, 9:10 – 10:10 a.m.
  • E Block: Thursday and Sunday, 9:10 – 10:10 a.m.
  • Dorm 1 Beds 1-17: Monday and Saturday, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Dorm 1 Beds 18-34: Monday and Saturday, 9:10 – 10:10 a.m.

Note: Visitation periods are subject to change.

Where and How to Find Cortland County Inmate Information

Persons who wish to find an inmate in the Courtland County Correctional County can request for jail rosters by contacting;

Nick Lynch, Captain
54 Greenbush Street
Cortland, NY 1045
Phone: (607) 756-3438
nlynch@cortland.co.org

What are Cortland County Court Records?

Cortland County court records are documents and files generated during civil and criminal proceedings tried in any Cortland County Court and can consist of other administrative records carried by the County Court. Information contained in a court record may include affidavits, dockets, transcripts of proceedings, and so on.

The Cortland County Clerk of Courts is responsible for generating, maintaining, and issuing copies of the court record. Generally, court records are open to the public. However, the court reserves the right to redact certain sensitive information like bank account numbers, medical reports, and investigation reports.

Inquirers can also search online for case files by using the New York State Unified Court System.

Location of All Courts in Cortland County

Supreme Court in Cortland County
Cortland County Supreme Court
46 Greenbush Street, Suite 301, Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 218-3320
Fax: (646) 963-6452

County Court in Cortland County
Cortland County Court
46 Greenbush Street, Suite 301, Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 218-3320
Fax: (646) 963-6452

Family Courts in Cortland County
Cortland County Family Court
46 Greenbush Street, Suite 301, Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 218-3325
Fax: (646) 963-6452

Surrogate’s Courts in Cortland County
Cortland County Surrogate’s Court
46 Greenbush Street, Suite 301, Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 218-3335
Fax: (212) 457-2661

City Courts in Cortland County
Cortland City Court
25 Court Street, Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 218-3300
Fax: (607) 218-3299

Town Court and Village Courts in Cortland County
Cincinnatus Town Court
2770 Lower Cincinnatus Road, Cincinnatus, NY 13040
Phone: (607) 863-4220
Fax: (607) 863-3733

Cortlandville Town Court
3577 Terrace Road, Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 756-2352
Fax: (607) 756-6753

Cuyler Town Court
P.O. Box 363, DeRuyter, NY 13052
Phone: (607) 842-6335

Freetown Town Court
2369 McGraw-Marathon Road, Marathon, NY 13803
Phone: (607) 745-0784

Harford Town Court
Town Hall
394 Route 38, P.O. Box 10, Harford, NY 13784
Phone: (607) 844-3982

Homer Town Court
4 Water Street, Homer, NY 13077
Phone: (607) 749-2326
Fax: (607) 749-6459

Lapeer Town Court
1145 Quail Hill Road, Marathon, NY 130803
Phone: (607) 743-3313

Marathon Town Court
40 West Main Street, P.O. Box 366, Marathon, NY 13803
Phone: (607) 849-6960
Fax: (607) 849-6968

Preble Town Court
Town Hall
1968 Preble Road, P.O. Box 234, Preble, NY 13141
Phone: (607) 749-2377
Fax: (607) 749-2190

Scott Town Court
Town Hall
6689 State Route 41, Homer, NY 13077
Phone: (607) 749-3256
Fax: (607) 749-7907

Solon Town Court
4012 North Tower Road, Cincinnatus, NY 13040
Phone: (607) 836-6036

Taylor Town Court
3304 State Route 26, P.O. Box 197, Cincinnatus, NY 13040
Phone: (607) 863-4120
Fax: (607) 863-4120

Truxton Town Court
Truxton Municipal Building (Depot)
P.O. Box 84, Truxton, NY 13158
Phone: (607) 842-6984
Fax: (607) 842-6943

Virgil Town Court
1176 Church Street, Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 835-6587
Fax: (607) 240-5395

Willet Town Court
P.O. Box 33, Willet, NY 13863
Phone: (607) 863-3261
Fax: (607) 863-4057

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What are Cortland County Vital Records?

Cortland Court vital records are certified or uncertified documents that contain information on life events that occurred in the county. These include records of residents and non-residents who had life events like divorces, birth, death, and marriages occur in the county.

Cortland vital records are accessible at state and county levels from Clerk of Courts and Departments of Health. For instance, the Cortland City Clerk processes requests for copies of birth, death, and marriage records. Requesters download and submit application forms to the City Clerk accompanied by $10 fees and copies of valid identification. Persons may even visit the court clerk of the specific court where marriages and divorces took place. Requesters can also conduct searches through third-party sites. However, most of Cortland County vital records are exempted from public disclosure.

Where and How to Get Cortland County Divorce Records?

There are two types of divorce records in New York; divorce certificates and divorce decrees. Divorce certificates are confidential and can only be obtained by eligible parties including the divorce parties, third parties with notarized consent, and those with court orders. Interested persons can obtain divorce certificates by making an in-person or in-mail request to the New York State Department of Health at;

New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Certification Unit
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602
Email: dohweb@health.ny.gov

Divorce decrees, on the other hand, are open to the public and do not have eligibility requirements. Interested persons should simply send a request to the clerk of the court where the divorce was held or finalized.

To get either type of divorce records, requesters should provide the custodians with records information such as names of parties, date of divorce, and location of divorce. Photo identification and payment of duplication or administration fees will also be required before copies records will be issued. The Department of Health charges $30 per copy. However, the Clerk of Court charges may vary.

Note: The New York State Department of Health only has certificates of records from January 1963 to date. For older divorce records, inquirers should contact the court where the divorce occurred.

Where and How to Get Cortland County Marriage Records?

The New York Department of Health is tasked with processing requests and issuing certificates for marriage that occurred in Cortland County and other counties of the state from 1881 to present. Under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, marriage records are private and can only be issued to authorized or qualified persons.

Eligible persons include those who are mentioned in the records, their direct descendants (children and grandchildren), and those authorized by notarized consent or court order. These persons can obtain marriage certificates by submitting requests in person or mail requests or marriage application form to the New York State Department of Health at;

New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Certification Unit
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602
Email: dohweb@health.ny.gov

Persons may also obtain marriage records by contacting the town/city clerk in the area where the marriage occurred. To help streamline the search, the record custodian may ask requesters to provide information which may include:

  • Name of both parties before and after marriage
  • Date of marriage (as specific as possible)
  • Location of marriage

Where and How to Get Cortland County Birth Records?

There are two repositories for records of births that happened in Cortland County; The New York Department of Health and the clerk of the city/town where individuals were born. These records are exempted from public access but can be obtained by the adult subjects, parents/legal guardians, and others authorized by consent or court order.

Eligible individuals can obtain records from the Department of Health by making public requests in person or sending application forms to;

New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Certification Unit
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602
Email: dohweb@health.ny.gov

The department also requires that requesters pay fees of $30 and present valid photo identification or include copies in the mailed requests.

Record request procedures for clerks of municipalities may differ but charges are usually lesser.

Where and How to Get Cortland County Death Records?

The New York Department of Health is responsible for managing and issuing statewide records on deaths in every county. The clerk of city/town/village can also provide records or proof of death for local fatalities. As per state laws, death certificates or other evidence of death as confidential records and are strictly issued to those with a direct relationship to the deceased.

Individuals who wish to obtain a death certificate from the Department of Health should send a completed application form accompanied by photo identification and fees ($30) in person or by mail to;

New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Certification Unit
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602
Email: dohweb@health.ny.gov

Locally requests should be addressed to the clerk of the town or city where the death occurred. Request procedures, requirements, and fees may differ.