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Essex County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Essex County Arrest Records?

Essex County arrest records provide an official overview of arrests carried out within the county. Essex arrest records include arrest reports, mugshots, arrest warrants, and accident reports. The Essex County Sheriff’s Department maintains and issues copies of arrest records within the county. Visit the Essex County Sheriff’s Department to get Essex County arrest records:

Essex County Sheriff’s Department
20 Manning Avenue
Middleton, MA 01949
(978) 750-1900

Crime Statistics

Essex County recorded 2,657 violent crimes and 11,704 property crimes in 2015, the last year with a complete set of crime statistics. The five-year crime trend in the county shows a tiny (0.2%) rise in violent crime rate between 2010 and 2015 as well as a big (25.7%) dip in property crimes. A closer look at the county’s 2015 violent crime figures indicates that there were 15 murders, 163 rapes, 1,948 aggravated assaults, and 531 robberies. Incidences of property crimes include 1,943 burglaries, 8,364 larcenies, 1,397 vehicle thefts, and 34 arsons. Compared to 2010 crime data, Essex County recorded fewer murders (28.6%), aggravated assaults (0.4%), burglaries (47.9%), larcenies (19.3%), vehicle thefts (16%), and arsons (24.4%). Over the five-year period, rape (6.5%) and robbery (1.9%) rates increased.

What are Essex County Criminal Records?

Essex County criminal records are official files and documents that provide information about the criminal history of residents in the county. Criminal records include information about arrest warrants, criminal charges, convictions, and correctional information. The Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) maintains criminal records and provides background check services to individuals on a statewide basis.

How Do I Get Essex County Criminal Records?

The CJIS provides criminal history records through name-based or fingerprint-based searches on the subject of interest. Name-based searches provide state criminal records of information about the subject. Fingerprint-based queries may provide Essex County-specific criminal and arrest records and convictions.

Name-based searches are done online. The CJIS provides this check services through its iCORI online portal. Interested persons can use it to check for criminal offender record information for crimes committed in Essex County and other parts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Only few authorized persons and agencies can access fingerprint-based criminal record information. These persons are to schedule a fingerprinting appointment for the subject with any of the CJIS-approved vendors. They can retrieve criminal record check results from the Massachusetts SAFIS service site.

How to Find Essex County Sex Offender Information?

Massachusetts also keeps its sex offender information in a central database. This statewide registry is available on the website of the State Offender Registry Board (SORB). It lists registered Level 2 and Level 3 offenders and allows the public to search for them by name, registration status, county, zip code, and address.

How do I Visit an Inmate in Essex County Jail?

The Essex County Sheriff’s Department runs the operation of the Office of Community Corrections Centers (OCC) located in Lynn, Lawrence, and Salisbury. Below are their locations and contact information:

Lynn Office of Community Corrections
100 Willow Street
Lynn, MA 01901
(978) 750-1900, extension 3750

Salisbury Office of Community Corrections
80 Elm Street
Salisbury, MA 01952
(978) 750-1900, ext. 3712

Lawrence Community Correction Center
499 Essex Street
Lawrence, MA 01841
(978) 681-4747

To visit an inmate in any of these correction centers, fill out the Request to Visit Form and present it in person before visiting.

Where and How to Find Essex County Inmate Information?

The Sheriff’s Department maintains all inmate and jail records for Essex County. To find the location of an inmate, call the Sheriff’s Department at (978) 750-1900. Besides location, the Sheriff’s officers can also provide information such as inmate statuses and visit times.

What are Essex County Court Records?

Essex County court records are documents about legal proceedings in the courts of Essex County. Court records for Essex County are available online and accessible in person from the public access computer terminals at various courthouses all over the county. To access the records of Essex County Superior Court, visit the main court at 56 Federal Street, Salem, or the branches at 145 High Street, Newburyport, and 43 Appleton Way, Lawrence. For Probate and Family Court records, visit the one in Essex County located at 36 Federal Street, Salem. All court locations are open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

To request copies of Essex Probate and Family Court records, complete the request form and bring or mail it to the court address. The Probate Court charges $20 for each certificate of divorce absolute or name change. It also charges $20 for the first page of a certified copy of a judgment of divorce. Records for every court in Essex County are also available for online viewing on the Massachusetts Trial Court Electronic Case Access portal. To find them, start by choosing a court type and county location.

Location of all Courts in Essex County

Courts in Essex County include three Superior Courts, eight District Courts, two Probate and Family Courts, three Housing Courts, and four Juvenile Courts. Below are the court locations and their contact information:

Essex County Superior Courts

Essex County Superior Court - Lawrence
43 Appleton Way
Lawrence, MA 01841
Phone: (978) 242-1900
Fax: (978) 687-7869

Essex County Superior Court - Newburyport
145 High Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone: (978) 462-4474
Fax: (978) 462-0432

Essex County Superior Court - Salem
J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center
56 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 744-5500
Fax: (978) 741-0691

Essex County District Courts

Gloucester District Court
197 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: (978) 283-2620
Fax: (978) 283-8784

Haverhill District Court
45 Ginty Boulevard
Haverhill, MA 01831
Phone: (978) 521-7300

Ipswich District Court
188 State Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone: (978) 462-2652
Fax: (978) 462-5641

Lawrence District Court
Fenton Judicial Center
2 Appleton Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone: (978) 687-7184, extension 7304 (Civil)
Fax: (978) 975-3171 (Civil)
Phone: (978) 687-7184 ext. 7303 (Criminal)
Fax: (978) 687-0794 (Criminal)

Lynn District Court
580 Essex Street
Lynn, MA 01901
Phone: (781) 598-5200
Fax: (781) 598-4350

Newburyport District Court
188 State Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone: (978) 462-2652

Peabody District Court
1 Lowell Street
Peabody, MA 01960
Phone: (978) 532-3100
Fax: (978) 531-8524

Salem District Court
J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center
56 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 744-1167

Essex County Probate and Family Courts

Essex Probate and Family Court - Salem
36 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 744-1020

Lawrence Probate and Family Court
Fenton Judicial Center
2 Appleton Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone: (978) 686-9692
Fax: (978) 687-3694

Essex County Housing Courts

Northeast Housing Court - Lawrence Session
Fenton Judicial Center
2 Appleton Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone: (978) 689-7833

Northeast Housing Court - Lynn Session
J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center
56 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 689-7833

Northeast Housing Court - Salem Session
J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center
56 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 825-4920

Essex County Juvenile Courts

Lawrence Juvenile Court
Fenton Judicial Center
2 Appleton Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone: (978) 725-4900, extension 2

Lynn Juvenile Court
139 Central Avenue
Lynn, MA 01901
Phone: (781) 586-0415, extension 4

Newburyport Juvenile Court
188 State Street
Route 1
Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone: (978) 462-0617, extension 5

Salem Juvenile Court
J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center
56 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 745-9660, extension 1

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What are Essex County Vital Records?

Essex County vital records are official documents that are generated for vital events that happen over a lifetime within the county. They include birth records, death records, marriage records, and divorce records. Essex County divorce records are available at the county’s Probate and Family Courts. Essex County residents may retrieve marriage, birth, and death records from the Essex County Town Clerk. At the state level, the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (RVRS) provides copies of statewide vital records from 1926.

Where and How to Get Essex County Divorce Records?

The Essex County Probate and Family Courts manages and issues divorce records to interested persons in the county. Request copies of divorce records from the courthouse. Visit the office in person or send a written request indicating the divorcees’ names and the date of the divorce to:

Essex Probate and Family Court - Salem
36 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 744-1020

Lawrence Probate and Family Court
Fenton Judicial Center
2 Appleton Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone: (978) 686-9692
Fax: (978) 687-3694

Where and How to Get Essex County Marriage Records?

The Essex County Town Clerk has marriage records of persons that got married within the county. It costs $10 per copy. To request a marriage record, visit or call the Town Clerk’s Office with the information below:

Essex Town Hall
30 Martin Street
Essex, MA 01929
Phone: (978) 768-7111
Fax: (978) 768-2505

The RVRS also maintains and provides copies of marriage records in Massachusetts. They have records for marriages performed from 1926 to date in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Essex County residents can order certified copies of marriage records in person or by mail. Just fill out the vital records mail order form, include a copy of a valid photo ID and payment, and submit them by mail or in person to:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon Street
1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125

Make in-person requests any time from Monday to Friday between 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. The RVRS accepts check and cash for walk-in requests and checks and money order for mail requests. The fee for a certified copy of a marriage record is $20 for in-person requests and $32 for mail requests.

Where and How to Get Essex County Birth Records?

The Essex County Town Clerk provides copies of birth records registered within the county. An Essex County birth record costs $10. To obtain a birth record, query the Town Clerk’s Office at:

Essex Town Hall
30 Martin Street
Essex, MA 01929
Phone: (978) 768-7111
Fax: (978) 768-2505

The RVRS also keeps records of births registered from 1926 to date in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Residents of Essex County can request certified copies of birth records by completing the vital records mail order form. Enclose payment and a copy of a valid ID and submit them by mail or in person to:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon Street
1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125

Make in-person requests any time from Monday to Friday between 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Check and cash payments are accepted for in-person requests, while check and money orders are for mail requests. It costs $20 for a certified copy of a birth record requested in person. A mail requested birth record costs $32.

Where and How to Get Essex County Death Records?

The Essex County Town Clerk maintains Essex death records and processes requests for these records within the county. The Town Clerk charges $10 for each death record. To get copies of the death record, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at:

Essex Town Hall
30 Martin Street
Essex, MA 01929
Phone: (978) 768-7111
Fax: (978) 768-2505

The RVRS manages and issues records of deaths registered in Massachusetts from 1926 to the present. Interested persons can submit requests for certified copies of death records by filling out the vital records mail order form. Provide a copy of a valid ID and payment with the filled-out form. Submit them in person or by mail to:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon Street
1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125

Make in-person requests any time from Monday to Friday between 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. An in-person request costs $20 and the accepted payments are check and cash. Mail requests cost $32 each, The accepted form of payment for mail requests are check and money order.

Are Property Records Open to the Public in Essex County?

In line with the Massachusetts Public Information Act, Essex County property records are available to interested members of the public. Interested individuals can obtain copies by contacting the custodian office.

Where and How to Find Property Records in Essex County?

In Essex County, property records are maintained at the Northern and Southern Districts by the Northern Essex Registry of Deeds and the Southern Essex Registry of Deeds respectively. Requests for property records may be submitted to the appropriate Registry of Deeds. The address and contact information of each registry is below:

Northern Essex Registry of Deeds
1 Union Street
Suite #402
Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone: (978) 557-1900

Southern Essex Registry of Deeds
Shetland Park
45 Congress Street
Suite 4100
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 542-1700

How to Look Up Essex County Property Records?

The Northern Registry maintains the Northern Essex Land Records Search Portal. Interested individuals can search by name or address, search registry records, and search land court records. It also provides Northern Essex Web Search Instructions to help users understand how to search the portal easily. The Southern Registry administers the Southern Essex Land Records Search Portal. It allows name search, street search, extended search, and book and page search. The Registry of Deeds also provides a homeowner’s search portal.

Location of Essex County Property Assessors

Essex County Assessor
Essex Town Hall
30 Martin Street
2nd Floor
Room 209
Essex, MA 01929
Phone: (978) 768-7831
Fax: (978) 768-2505