Copies of Court Records

Types of Court Records Available

Except where prohibited by Supreme Court Rule or by statute, the following court records are available for public inspection:

Copies of these records are available for purchase. Refer to Location of Court Records section below in order to determine where to submit a copy request or to view records. Also, see Rule 1:38 for a listing of exceptions to the general rule of public access to court records.

Location of Court Records

Active Records

Contact the local courthouse in the county where the case was heard for copies of the following active court records:

Contact the Superior Court Clerk's Office for the following active records:

Closed Records

Contact the local courthouse in the county where the case was heard for copies of the following closed court records:

Closed Archived Records

Contact the Superior Court Clerk's Office for copies of the following closed-archived records:

Types of Copies and Court Authentication

Plain Copy: A plain copy is a photocopy of the court document.

Certified Copy: A certified copy is a plain copy with a stamp affixed with the Superior Court Clerk/Deputy Clerk's signature attesting to the authenticity of the document.

Seal of the Court: The seal of the Superior Court may be affixed to a certified copy.

Exemplified Copy: An exemplified copy includes the attestation of the clerk and seal of the court annexed, if a seal exists, together with a certificate of a judge of the court that the said attestation is in proper form. An exemplified copy is usually requested when the document shall be proved or admitted in other courts within the United States and its Territories and Possessions.

Triple Exemplified Copy: A triple exemplified copy contains an additional certification in which the judge certifies as to the form of the attestation in the verification and the authority of the Clerk of the Court who signed the exemplification, and the Clerk certifies as to the authority of the judge.

Apostille: An Apostille is provided attesting to the legal status of selected public officials, such as Judges, Clerks of Court and County Clerks. It is provided if the transaction involves a country that subscribes to the Hague Treaty and is processed through the New Jersey Division of Revenue. A requester must first receive the exemplified copy from the Superior Court Clerk's Office and forward to the Division of Revenue.

Copy and authentication fees will apply and must be included with the written request. Refer to the Superior Court Clerk's Office home page for address information to request copies of these records. Be sure to include a self-addressed stamped business size envelope with your request to speed the return of your copies.

NOTE: The availability of resources and the potential for disruption of court operations are considerations in determining how quickly Judiciary staff can respond to record requests, especially when records are stored off-site. If a record request is voluminous or for other reasons cannot be completed within the normal timeframe, or if a request is for certain documents on an ongoing basis (e.g., all complaints filed in the civil division each week), it shall be referred to the appropriate division manager or municipal court administrator. The division manager or municipal court administrator shall assess the request and together with the requestor craft a reasonable solution that meets both the public's need for access and the Judiciary's need for efficient court operations.

The municipality stores active Municipal Court records