Court Records Research

What you need to know:

  • The type of case: civil, criminal, housing, etc.
  • The jurisdiction: state, federal, local.
  • Not everything is online; sometimes you must go to the court to request a copy of the case and photocopy it there.
  • Juvenile records are not available. A NYS family court case record of filing is usually available, but the documents filed in the case are not. These rules usually apply in most states.

It is also good to be familiar with civil court procedure and to have a sense of how the criminal justice system works.

Where can I find info on NYS Civil cases?

Civil case date range on eCourts depends on jurisdiction, but some go back to the 1980s.

SCROLL has some Supreme Court filings for New York County civil case documents.

LexisNexis Academic has selected state cases under the US Legal bar on the left, then click “federal & state cases” link.

LexisNexis Pro has even more civil cases. Come to the Research Center and ask to login.

Bronx County Clerk’s Office (civil & criminal cases lookup). NOTE: You can register to access this search, or just sign in as a guest.

Where can I find info on NYS Criminal cases?

Only pending criminal cases are listed in eCourts.

NYC Inmate search (need DOB) NYC Dept of Corrections

NYS inmate search NYS Dept of Corrections, goes back to 1970s.

NYS Criminal Record Search For a $65 fee, applications must be mailed or hand delivered to NYS Office of Court Administration, 25 Beaver Street, Room 840. Results emailed in 24-48 hours.

LexisNexis Academic has selected state cases under the US Legal bar on the left, then click “federal & state cases” link.

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