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Erie County Court Records

Court Records are documents of proceedings in Erie County's court system. In Erie County, court records are crucial in legal research, case preparation, and establishing legal precedent. Typically, New York Court Records (including Erie County) contain the following types of information:

  • Case details (these include case number, names of individuals involved, and the date of filing)
  • Pleadings and motions
  • Dockets
  • Exhibits and evidence
  • Appeals and appellate decisions
  • Hearing transcripts
  • Court orders and judgment.

Are Court Records Public in Erie County?

Yes, Court Records are public in Erie County. The New York Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) under Article 6 of the New York Public Officers Law establishes the public's right to access Erie County Public Records. While the FOIL mandates public access to Erie County Court Records, there are limitations to what records the public can scrutinize. The following court records are not available for public access:

Erie County Court Records Search

There are several options for searching for court records in Erie County. However, Erie County Records searches are in two broad categories. These are online and in-person searches. An online search involves using search tools to access Erie Court Records on websites, while for an in-person search, the requester needs to visit the physical location of the Records custodian court.

Erie County Court Records Search by Name

There are several ways to perform a name-based search for different types of Erie Court Records. For online name-based search:

For an in-person name-based search, visit the relevant courthouse or contact the Erie Court clerk's office directly and provide the names of the persons involved in the court case.

Note: Accessing Erie Court Records may include fees. The cost of processing Court Records in Erie County may depend on

  • Type of Records
  • Search method
  • Processing methods
  • Certification and copies
  • Subscription services
  • Statutory fees
  • Case complexity
  • Payment method
  • User status.

Erie County District Court Records

In Erie County, New York, the District Court typically handles cases that include:

  • Civil rights violations
  • Contract disputes
  • Family matters
  • Finance-related cases
  • Labor disputes
  • Forfeiture
  • Small claims
  • Probate
  • Tax issues
  • Property ownership
  • Civil cases that involve property damages, contract disputes, and other civil matters
  • Criminal misdemeanors
  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Preliminary hearings

If not sealed by court orders, these records can be accessed through the New York State Electronics Filing System.

Erie County Criminal Records

Erie Criminal Records are accessible to the public. However, there may be restrictions on certain information to protect the privacy of record owners and ensure security. To access Erie County criminal records, members of the public can do the following:

  • Determine the type of Criminal Records.
  • Identify the law enforcement agency in possession of the Records
  • Fill out and complete a request form (include the name of the individual, records type, and any relevant information that will help locate the records)
  • Pay any applicable fee
  • Provide valid identification.
  • Wait for the agency to process the records.

Erie County Criminal Court Case Lookup

To look at Erie County criminal court case that has made it to trial, the following steps may help:

For online lookup of Erie County Criminal Records, visit any of the following websites

For offline Erie Criminal Records lookup, visit the Erie County Clerk's Office.

Get Erie County Civil Court Records

Unsealed Erie County Civil Court Records are available for e-filing and public viewing through the New York State Court Electronic Filing (NYSCEF) system. Erie County civil court records accessible through the NYSCEF system include documents relating to:

  • Lawsuit
  • Property disputes
  • Contract
  • Family matters
  • Probate and estate proceedings and other non-criminal matters

To access Erie County Civil Records:

  • Identify the custodian court for the records
  • State the reason for accessing the records (this may be required when accessing certain records)
  • Pay applicable fees for accessing records.
  • Show proof of authorization to obtain records (this may be necessary for sensitive information and sealed records)
  • Adhere to privacy laws
  • Obey Court policy on accessing Records.

Erie County Family Court Records

Erie County Family Court handles various cases that impact the family. In Erie County, the most common Family Court Records involve:

  • Separation and divorce
  • Adoption
  • Child custody and support
  • Domestic violence.

To obtain Erie County Family Court Records in person, visit the court house 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Requesters must show eligibility and identification to access Records for privacy reasons by providing.

  • Original or certified copy of birth certificate with a raised seal
  • State-issued photo ID.

Erie Dissolution of Marriage Records

The following steps outline how to access Records relating to the dissolution of marriage in Erie County:

  • Contact the Erie County government office and find out which clerk's office maintains the Dissolution of Marriage Records
  • Reach out to the County Clerk's Office in person or otherwise to find out how to access Dissolution of Marriage Records
  • Provide information that will aid in locating the records (this may include the names of the records owners and the date of dissolution)
  • Submit a formal request along with valid IDs
  • Pay any applicable fee to access the records
  • Wait for the processing of the request
  • Review the records for relevant information.

Erie County Marriage and Divorce Records

Keeping and maintaining Marriage and Divorce Records in Erie County is the responsibility of the County Clerk's Office. Erie County Marriage Certificate Records and Marriage Divorce Records are part of Erie County Vital Records and are available to the public. However, there may be restrictions on sensitive information for privacy reasons.

To access Erie County Marriage Records:

  • Contact the Erie County Clerk's Office for information on how to access Marriage or Divorce Records
  • Provide the necessary information that will aid in locating the records
  • Complete any required form and submit a formal request
  • Pay access fees (if any)
  • Provide identification (if necessary)
  • Wait for the clerk's office to process the records (processing time may vary depending on workload and completeness of the records).

Erie Birth and Death Records

Birth and Death Records are part of Erie County Vital Records. Erie County's birth certificate gives information on the birth of individuals in the county, while death records detail the deaths in the county.

Accessing Erie County Birth and Death Records involves the following steps:

  • Contact the Erie County Clerk's Office for information on how to access Birth and Death Records (contact information is available on the official website)
  • Provide information to identify the required records
  • Fill out and submit a request form
  • Provide proof of eligibility to access the records (if required)
  • Pay any applicable fees for accessing Birth and Death Records in Erie County
  • Wait for the processing of the request
  • Receive and review the records.

Erie County Birth and Erie County Death Records are essential documents with important uses, including:

  • Genealogical research
  • Legal documentation
  • Public Health and Epidemiology data
  • Inheritance and Estate planning
  • Medical Research and Clinical Practice, and
  • Demographic Analysis.

Note: Due to privacy laws and regulations, there are limitations to accessing Birth and Death Records in Erie County.

Erie County Probate Court Records

Erie Probate Court (Surrogate's Court) handles cases relating to

  • Estate administration
  • Adoption
  • Birth registration and corruption
  • Marriage licenses
  • Name changes
  • Estate disputes
  • Guardianship
  • Conservatorship
  • Trust Administration
  • Wills
  • Elder abuse matters.

To obtain Probate Court Records, requesters can do the following:

  • Identify the required Probate Court Records
  • Contact the Erie County Surrogate's Court online, by phone, email, fax, or in-person visit (contact information is available on the official website)
  • Request for the Records and provide information that will aid in locating them
  • Provide identification and show authorization to access the records
  • Pay any applicable fees
  • Wait for the records processing
  • Retrieve the records and make a review
  • Request for copies if needed.

Erie County Property Records

Erie County Property Records refer to documents on real estate properties within Erie County.

In Erie County, New York, Property Records information includes:

  • Property ownership
  • Property Description
  • Assessment information
  • Sales and transaction history
  • Zoning and Land Use information
  • Deed and Mortgage information
  • Building and Improvement records
  • Tax and Assessment
  • Environmental and Hazardous information.

To access property records with Erie County, New York:

  • Identify the property.
  • Visit the Erie County Department of Real Property Tax Services search portal and locate the required property using the Search Our Site tool
  • Use third-party online search tools to access basic Property information
  • Make an in-person visit to the Erie County Department of Real Property Tax Services at:

Edward A Rath County Office Building,
95 Franklin Street - Room 100 Buffalo, New York 14202
Phone: (716) 858-8333

  • Request to access Property Records.
  • Provide Identification
  • Wait for processing.
  • Retrieve and review records.

Erie County Court Records Online

Third-party online resources like courtrecords.us are convenient ways to access Erie County Court Records. Some third-party websites source Erie County Court Records from various courts and make them available online for easy access by the public.

Using third-party online databases offers the convenience and flexibility of having all the information in one place and eliminates the inconvenience of visiting the records custodian agency in person. Also, some third-party websites offer advanced search capabilities by providing search tools with different search criteria to aid in records search.

However, records found using third-party sources may contain only basic information. Record results may also be incomplete or inaccurate.

Erie County Courts

The table below is an overview of the court system in Erie County, outlining its jurisdictions and locations.

Erie County Supreme Court

General jurisdiction over legal matters, civil and criminal cases.

25 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 845-9301

92 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 845-9301

50 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 845-9301

Erie County Court

Deals with criminal cases and handles civil cases less than $25,000.

25 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 845-9301

Erie County Family Court

Presides over family-related cases such as divorce, child custody, and support.

1 Niagara Plaza
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 845-7400

Erie County Surrogate's Court

Handles probate, will, and estate matters.

Erie County Hall
92 Franklin Street - 2nd floor
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 845-2560

Erie City Courts

Deals with local ordinances, traffic offenses, and small claims cases.

Buffalo City Court

50 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 845-2600

Lackawanna City Court

City Hall
714 Ridge Road
Lackawanna, NY 14218
Phone: (716) 845-7220

Tonawanda City Court

200 Niagara Street
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Phone: (716) 845-2160

Erie County Town and Village Court

Handles local ordinance violations, traffic offenses, and small claims.

Alden Town Court

3311 Wende Road, P.O. Box 180
Alden, NY 14004
Phone: (716) 937-6969 ext. 6.

Alden Village Justice Court

13336 Broadway
Alden, NY 14004
Phone: (716) 937-9216 ext. 114.

Amherst Town Court

400 John James Audubon Parkway
Amherst, NY 14228
Phone: (716) 689-4200

Angola Village Court

8787 Erie Road
Angola, NY 14006
Phone: (716) 549-4035

Aurora Town Justice Court

Village Hall
571 Main Street
East Aurora, NY 14052
Phone: (716) 652-5275

Blasdell Justice Court

121 Miriam Avenue
Blasdell, NY 14219
Phone: (716) 821-7908

Boston Town Court

Town Hall

8500 Boston State Road
Boston, NY 14025
Phone: (716) 941-6115

Brant Town Court

1272 Brant-North Collins Road, P.O. Box 232
Brant, NY 14027
Phone: (716) 549-0300

Cheektowaga Town Justice Court

3223 Union Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14227
Phone: (716) 686-3436

Clarence Justice Court

1 Town Place
Clarence, NY 14031
Phone: (716) 741-8948

Colden Town Court

8812 State Road, P.O. Box 335
Colden, NY 14033
Phone: (716) 941-6242

Collins Town Court

14093 Mill Street, P.O. Box 420
Collins, NY 14034
Phone: (716) 532-3340

Concord Justice Court

86 Franklin Street, P.O. Box 368
Springville, NY 14141
Phone: (716) 592-9898

Depew Justice Court

85 Manitou Street
Depew, NY 14043
Phone: (716) 683-0978

Eden Town Court

2795 East Church Street
Eden, NY 14057
Phone: (716) 992-3559

Elma Town Court

1600 Bowen Road
Elma, NY 14059
Phone: (716) 652-1855

Evans Justice Court

Town Hall
8787 Erie Road
Angola, NY 14006
Phone: (716) 549-3707

Grand Island Town Court

Town Hall
2255 Baseline Road
Grand Island, NY 14072
Phone: (716) 773-9600 ext. 650.

Hamburg Town Justice Court

Town Hall
6100 South Park Avenue
Hamburg, NY 14075
Phone: (716) 649-6116

Hamburg Village Court

Village Hall
100 Main Street
Hamburg, NY 14075
Phone: (716) 649-7204

Holland Town Court

Town Hall
47 Pearl Street, P.O. Box 70
Holland, NY 14080
Phone: (716) 537-2770

Kenmore Justice Court

Municipal Building
2919 Delaware Avenue
Kenmore, NY 14217
Phone: (716) 873-4554

Lancaster Town Court

525 Pavement Road
Lancaster, NY 14086
Phone: (716) 683-1814

Lancaster Village Justice Court

Municipal Building
5423 broadway
Lancaster, NY 14086
Phone: (716) 683-6780

Marilla Town Court

1740 Two Rod Road
Marilla, NY 14102
Phone: (716) 652-5350 ext. 415.

Newstead Town Court

5 Clarence Center Road, P.O. Box 227
Akron, NY 14001
Phone: (716) 542-4575

North Collins Town Court

Town Hall
10569 Main Street, P.O. Box 2
North Collins, NY 14111
Phone: (716) 337-3712

Orchard Park Town Justice Court

4295 South Buffalo Street
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Phone: (716) 662-6415

Orchard Park Village Court

4295 South Buffalo Street
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Phone: (716) 662-6415

Sardinia Town Court

12320 Savage Road
Sardinia, NY 14134
Phone: (716) 496-8903

Springville Village Court

65 Franklin Street, P.O. Box 362
Springville, NY 14141
Phone: (716) 592-4936 ext. 1335.

Tonawanda Town Justice Court

1835 Sheridan Drive
Buffalo, NY 14223
Phone: (716) 876-5536

Wales Town Court

Wales Memorial Building
11006 Emery Road, P.O. Box 286
South Wales, NY 14139
Phone: (716) 652-3320

West Seneca Town Justice Court

1250 Union Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
Phone: (716) 558-3256

Williamsville Village Court

5565 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: (716) 632-0450

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