While the public has a common law right of access to court records, that right of access may be restricted by statute. The Freedom of Information Law ("FOIL") specifically exempts court records from disclosure. However, certain court records are available under other laws.
How do I obtain Court Records?
- Upon a request and the payment of the fees allowed by law, the court will diligently search and supply copies of court records not restricted by statute. The request must reasonably describe the specific records sought and cannot simply be a request for general information or for the creation or compilation of records.
Is there a fee to obtain court records?
- The fee for photocopies of records shall be 25 cents per page for photocopies. There is a search fee of $5.00 for every two-year consecutive search.
What do I need to do to obtain a certificate of conviction?
- Submit a request to the court indicating the specific conviction referenced, include as much information as possible to ensure the correct court case is provided, along with the $5.00 fee.