Town Court - Records
Public Access to Court Records
Middlesex Court Information Requests can be
The Judiciary as defined in Section 84 is
exempt from applications pursuant to the Freedom
of Information Law. Requests made to the Court
for information should not be made under FOIL.
Although the Courts are exempt from the
Freedom of Information Law there are many other
disclosure requirements for the books and
records of the Courts in accordance with other
SECTION 2019-8 Uniform Justice Court
Act Justices, Criminal Records and Dockets
The records in dockets of the Court except as
otherwise provided by law shall be at reasonable
times open for inspection to the public ...
SECTION 255 Judiciary Law
A clerk of a court must, upon request, and upon
payment of, or offer to pay, the fees allowed by
law, or, if no fees are expressly allowed by
law, fees at the rate allowed to a county clerk
for a similar service, diligently search the
files, papers, records, and dockets in office;
and either make one or more transcripts or
certificates of change therefrom, and certify to
the correctness thereof, and to the search, or
certify that a document or paper, of which the
custody legally belongs him, can not be found.
The fee for copies of documents will be $0.25
According to the above sections of the Uniform
Justice Court Act and the Judiciary Law, the
- Must permit the records and dockets to be at
reasonable times open for inspection to the
- The Clerk (where there is no Clerk, the Judge)
must search files, papers, records and dockets
in the Court office and make certain copies (for
a reasonable fee)
- Must permit the docket book of the Court to be
kept open during business hours for search and
examination by any person.
ALTHOUGH THIS IS A BROAD SWEEPING, GENERAL RULE,
THERE ARE SEVERAL EXCEPTIONS THAT REQUIRE THE
COURT RECORDS TO BE SEALED OR KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.
SUCH RECORDS, OR SUCH PORTIONS OF RECORDS THAT
ARE REQUIRED TO BE SEALED OR KEPT CONFIDENTIAL
WILL NOT BE VIEWED BY THE PUBLIC.
The availability of Court documents will be
subject to the Court's schedule and arrangements
will be made for examination of dockets and
documents at times when the viewing will not
cause any disruption in Court proceedings.
E-mail requests for information will
in information being e-mailed back to the
requesting party. Please print and fill out the
Court Document Information Request form on the
Court homepage and follow the instructions for
mailing or personal delivery.