Request a Court Record

The new Public Records Request portal makes it easier to submit, track, and pay for requests online. Use the large blue button in the left menu to start a request or Public Records Request.

Types of Public Records

These records can be anything created in the course of City business. Public records include handwritten, typed, photographed, electronic or otherwise recorded words, letters, pictures, sounds, symbols, or combinations of any of these. 

City of Salem Municipal Court is not a court of record. Salem is required by law to retain copies of the following case information:

  • Charging document
  • Judgment

Recording in Court

If you intend to use a recording device of any kind, you must request permission from Court staff prior to the court proceeding.

Fees for Record Requests

Fees for public records vary depending on the type of request, amount of services, and staff time necessary to complete the request. The Public Records fee schedule lists fees for commonly requested items. Staff will provide an estimate of how much you will be charged. Additional costs for certification will apply.

The City may furnish copies of requested records without charge or at a reduced fee, if the City determines it is in the public interest.

Public Records from Other Agencies

The Municipal Court cannot provide the records listed below. You will need to contact other public agencies to obtain copies of records.

Disclaimer: Salem Municipal Court staff is unable to give legal advice.