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Essex County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Essex County Public Records?

Essex County public records are government records available for public viewing and copying under the New York Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). These records include arrest records, criminal records, birth records, death records, marriage records, and court records. Researchers should note that some of these records or parts of them may be exempt from the FOIL, such as adoption records. Access to these confidential records is only granted to persons armed with a court order or federal warrant.

Essex County Crime Statistics

According to the most current Essex County crime statistics, Essex county reported 312 index crime total in 2020. The county reported a total of 60 violent crimes, including murder (0), rape (33), robbery (5), and aggravated assault (22). The property crimes were a total of 252 reported offenses. The crimes which sum up the total property crimes are as follows: 49 burglary offenses, 193 larceny offenses, and 10 motor vehicle thefts. In 2019, the index crime total was 329, which shows a 5.17% decrease in the index crime total. Generally, there were 48 violent crimes recorded in 2019, which signifies a 0.42% increase in violent crimes in Essex County. On the other hand, property crimes decreased by 10.32%.

Are Essex County Criminal Records Public?

Essex County criminal records are publicly accessible through The New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA). The service provided involves a state-wide criminal search which costs $95. The search proceeds with a criminal history record search (CHRS) request via mail or an online direct access program. An exact name match and a date of birth are needed to search for criminal records. Another way to obtain Essex County criminal records is to visit the office of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. Interested parties can visit the office in person or contact via phone using the following contact information:

Essex County Sheriff’s Office
702 Stowersville Road
P.O. Box 68
Lewis, NY 12950
Phone: (518) 873-6321

How to Obtain Essex County Police Reports and Arrest Records

The county Sheriff’s Office maintains Essex County arrest records and police reports. Persons who wish to obtain police reports and arrest records must contact the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and provide the necessary details. Generally, requesters must provide the incident or arrest date and approximate time, the names of the officers involved, as well as those of the persons involved in the incident or arrest.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Essex County

The Essex County sex registry is available to the public to search for sex offenders living in their neighborhoods. Interested parties can use search parameters such as the offender’s compliance status, full name, internet nicks, email addresses, phone numbers, and physical address to query the database.

The registry also allows members of the public to receive email alerts that inform them on when a published sex offender registers an address that is within the area of an individual’s desired address. The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services also provides a public registry of sex offenders. The registry includes information on only Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders. For details on Level 1 sex offenders and sex offenders awaiting classification from a judge, concerned citizens can contact (800) 262-3257 on Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How to Find Essex County Inmate Records

Interested parties who wish to find Essex County inmate records may visit the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. The office is responsible for maintaining all records of inmates in Essex County Jail.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Essex County Jail?

Members of the public who wish to visit an inmate at the Essex County jail must register at least 15 minutes at the jail lobby before the time of visit. Visitors will be attended to on a first-come, first-served basis. Inmates are permitted to have a two, one hour visit a week. Visiting hours at Essex County are only on Saturdays and Sundays at the following times: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors must wear appropriate clothing when they visit an inmate or risk the termination of visitation rights. For further inquiry, contact the county jail on (518) 873-6970 or visit:

Essex County Sheriff’s Office
702 Stowersville Road
P.O. Box 68
Lewis, NY 12950

Essex County Court Records

All trials and cases held in court are documented and described as court records. It is the responsibility of the county clerk to file these court papers and provide them as public records to members of the public. There are different types of courts that Essex County inhabits, such as the surrogate court, family court, supreme court, county court, and several towns,criminal-related, and village courts. These courts handle different Essex County cases that are presented in the courtroom. Interested parties who wish to submit their cases or retrieve court records can do so by visiting the following court locations in Essex County:

County Court Clerk
7559 Court Street
P.O. Box 217
Elizabethtown, NY 12932.
Phone: (518) 873-3371

Supreme Court
7533 Court Street
P.O. Box 217
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Phone: (518) 873-3612
Fax: (518) 873-3376

Family Court
7533 Court Street
P.O. Box 217
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Phone: (518) 873- 3320
Fax: (518) 873-3626

Surrogate Court
7533 Court Street
P.O. Box 217
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Phone: (518) 873-3384
Fax: (518) 873-3731

Are Essex County Court Records Public?

Essex County court records are available for public inspection unless restricted by court order or statute. Some cases heard in Essex County courts include property disputes, felonies, misdemeanors, and divorce cases. Persons who wish to obtain Essex County court records can send a FOIL request form. The form should be completed and submitted along with a valid photo id and payment in the form of a certified check or money order.

How to Obtain Essex County Civil Court Case Records

Interested parties who wish to obtain Essex County civil court case records can visit the Essex County court where the case was held. Civil case records that are covered include divorce cases, small claims, property disputes, and family cases. Members of the public can inquire from the specific Essex County court on what is required before the civil court case record is issued. The requirements typically include paying a fee, submitting a request for the civil court case record, and providing a valid state-issued photo ID.

How to Obtain Essex County Criminal Court Records

The Essex County criminal court records are available at the clerk’s office in court where the case was tried. To obtain these criminal court records, the clerk often requires a completed application form, submission of a valid state-issued photo ID, and payment of a fee.

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What are Essex County Vital Records?

Essex County vital records are public records that document life events in the county. The Essex County vital records are birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, and divorce certificates. Members of the public can retrieve these Essex County vital records from the town or city hall where the occasion took place. For events that occurred in Essex County, the town or village clerk should be visited to obtain the vital record of interest. An alternative is to visit the New York State Department of Health website or contact the department by phone at (518) 474-3077. Parties can also send in a written request to:

The New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Section
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237-1123

Where and How to Obtain Essex County Divorce Records

Interested parties should visit the clerk’s office for the town or village where the divorce was filed and provide the divorcees’ names and divorce dates. Other requirements for this record usually include a stipulated fee, a valid and current photo ID, and a written request for the divorce record. An alternative to retrieving these records is to send a request by mail to the New York State Department of Health or to call the department on (518) 474-3077. The address to send the written request is located at:

The New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Section
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237-1123

Where and How to Get Public Essex County Marriage Records

Members of the public who wish to obtain Essex County marriage records can obtain them from the town or village clerk where the marriage license was issued. Generally, the requester must provide the couple’s names and marriage dates. Also, requesters must pay a fee and provide a valid photo ID to obtain marriage records. The Essex County marriage records can also be obtained by calling the New York State Department of Health on (518) 474-3077. Requests by mail can be sent using this address:

The New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Section
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237-1123

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in Essex County

Essex County does not recognize confidential marriage records. As a result, all marriage records in Essex County are available for public inspection. Essex County marriage records are stored with the town or village clerk where the marriage license was purchased. Interested parties should contact the specific clerk for requirements needed to obtain the desired Essex County marriage record.

Where and How to Find Essex County Birth Records

Requesters who wish to obtain Essex County birth records must visit the local town or village where the birth took place or the New York State Department of Health. The clerk at these locations is responsible for maintaining and issuing these records to people who meet the requirements. Interested parties should contact the village or town clerk and ask for the conditions needed to obtain these Essex County birth records. Typically, members of the public are expected to submit a written formal request for the birth record, provide a valid government-issued photo ID, and make a payment through an approved method - this may be via money order, personal check, or a cashier’s check.

Where and How to Find Essex County Death Records

Essex County death records can be found with the town or village clerk where the death was documented. Each town or village clerk has requirements for the issuance of a death certificate that differ from the others. As a result, interested parties should contact the respective town or village clerk on the requirements needed to obtain an Essex County death record. Typically, requirements needed to obtain a death record may include the payment of a fee, the provision of a state-issued valid photo ID, a formal request seeking an Essex County death record, and proof of a relationship to the deceased. Interested parties may also contact the New York State Department of Health for Essex County death records.