Essex County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
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.
The Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) provides criminal record check services via its iCORI online portal. Use it to check for criminal offender record information for crimes committed in Essex County and other parts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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.
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.
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 for copies of Essex Probate and Family Court records, download and complete a 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 judgement of divorce nisi.
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.
The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (RVRS) is the agency in charge of recording, maintaining, and providing copies of birth and death certificates as well as marriage licenses in Massachusetts. It administers and issues copies of these vital records for events that occur in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1926 to the present. Residents of Essex County can order certified copies of birth, marriage, and death records by visiting or mailing requests to:
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
Make in-person requests any time from Monday to Friday between 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Make sure to include a completed vital records mail order form and a photocopy of a valid photo ID with your mail request. The RVRS accepts check and cash for walk-in requests and check and money order for mail request. The fee for a certified copy of a vital record is $20 for in-person requests and $32 for mail requests.