Summit County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

There were a total of 1,583 violent crimes and 14,912 property crimes in Summit County in 2016, the most recent year with a complete set of crime statistics for Ohio counties. Compared to 2012 figures, these represent a 22.1% drop in violent crime rate and a 10.8% reduction in property crime rate in the county.

A breakdown of 2016 violent crime incidences shows that there were 36 murders, 315 forcible rapes, 491 robberies, and 741 aggravated assaults. Summit County also recorded 3,401 burglaries, 10,596 larcenies, 915 motor vehicle thefts, and 120 arsons. The five-year crime trend in the county indicates that murder and rape rates rose by 33.3% and 23.5%. On the other hand, there were fewer incidences of robbery (25.2%) and aggravated assault (32.3%).Burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson rates dipped between 2016 and 2012 by 25.2%, 5.2%, 7.9%, and 17.2% respectively.

Criminal Records

Criminal records and police reports for Summit County are available from the Records/ID Bureau of the Sheriff’s Office. To obtain a background check report, visit the Sheriff’s Office at:

County of Summit Sheriff
53 University Avenue
Akron, OH 44308

The Records/ID Bureau also accepts telephone requests. Requesters should call 330-643-2154. The Sheriff’s Office charges the public and non-governmental organizations $10 per criminal record check. The fee for government agencies that are not law enforcement bodies is $2 while law enforcement government agencies can obtain criminal record checks for free.

When requesting an accident or incident report, make sure to call the Sheriff’s Office ahead to determine that the record you want is available. If you opt for a mail request, download and complete a request form. Send this, along with a check or money order for $1.5 made payable to SUMMIT COUNTY SHERIFF, to:

205 E. Crosier Street
Akron, OH 44311
ATTN: Records/ID Bureau

The Sheriff charges $1 for each certified copy of an incident or accident report obtained in person.

Ohio law empowers the Attorney General’s Office to maintain electronic records of all registered sex offenders living, working, and attending school in the state. To find offenders in Summit county, check the Ohio electronic sex offender registration network (eSORN). Use the search functions of the eSORN Registry to locate offenders by name, email address, street address, zip code, and phone number.

The Sheriff is the official responsible for overseeing the operations of the Summit County Jail and keeping its records. The County Jail is at 205 East Crosier Street in Akron and its contact information is the same as the Sheriff’s Office. For more information about the operation of the Summit County Jail, visit the Corrections webpage on the Sheriff’s website.

Court Records

Here are the locations and contact information of the various courts in Summit County:

Court of Common Pleas – General Division
209 South High Street
Akron, OH 44308
330-643-2162

Court of Common Pleas – Probate Division
209 South High Street
Akron, OH 44308-1616
330-643-2350

Domestic Relations Court
205 South High Street
Akron, OH 44308
330-643-2365

Juvenile Court
650 Dan Street
Akron, OH 44310
330-643-2900 (from Monday to Friday between 7:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Call 330-643-2960 after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends)

Traffic Court
650 Dan Street
Akron, OH 44310
330-643-2977 (Available Tuesday to Thursday between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)

Ninth District Court of Appeals
121 S. Main Street
Akron, OH 44308
330-643-2250

Non-confidential records for all of these courts are available from the Office, and on the website, of the Summit County Clerk of Courts. Visit the case document search page to find links for accessing civil, criminal, domestic, and Court of Appeals records. The Clerk of Courts also allows the public to view court records at the computer terminals in the File Room located in the basement of 205 South High Street in Akron. Requesters can also obtain copies of these records at this location.

Available records are for cases heard from 2002 to the present. To access court documents prepared prior to 2002, complete and submit public records request online. Whether obtaining records in person or online, the fee for court records is 10 cents per page for plain copies. The Clerk of Courts charges $1 per page for certified copies and $25 per 15 minutes for record search/copy requests requiring IT assistance.

Vital Records

The Summit County Domestic Relations Court has jurisdiction over divorce, dissolution, and annulment of marriages and other family relations. The Court’s records, including divorce decrees, are available on the website of the County Clerk of Courts. Visit the Domestic portal and select any of the Divorce options from the Case Type drop-down menu.

The Probate Court in Summit County issues marriage licenses. To find and obtain copies of a marriage license, visit the CourtView record search page on the website of Summit County Probate Court.

Birth and death records for Summit County are available from the Public Health Vital Statistics Office located at:

Fairway Center
1867 West Market Street
Akron, OH 44313
Phone: 330-812-3845

The Summit County Public Health (SCPH) Office of Vital Statistics accepts requests for birth and death records by phone and in person. Save time by bringing along a completed Application for Certified Copies (also available in Spanish) to the Vital Statistics Office.

The office opens to the public between 8:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. on Monday and Thursday. Business hours for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday are between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Phone requests are accepted in English and Spanish and available 24 hours a day and every day of the week.

The SCPH Office of Vital Statistics charges $22 for each certified copy of a birth or death certificate. Fees are payable in cash, check, and credit/debit card.