Sussex County, New Jersey Court Records (New York Metro Area)

Found at the northern end of New Jersey, Sussex County is a part of the New York metropolitan with a population of about 149,000. Nearby counties include Morris, Passaic, and Warren in New Jersey, plus Orange County in New York. Notable employers in the region include Shop Rite and the Mountain Creek Resort.

Sussex County's population has remained relatively stable over the last decade, once a rural area but now a suburban community because of its proximity to New York City. It remains a popular "bedroom community" for those working across state lines in New York City while featuring ample economic opportunity. Because of its location and available opportunities, it continues to attract newcomers seeking employment.

A process for choosing the best individuals and ensuring they are a safe and practical match for your business is imperative. Starting that process with a criminal history background check can provide you with critical information for making fully-informed decisions. For companies in the area, this can make it easier to fill open positions but more challenging to select suitable candidates.

Background checks can be incredibly useful tools, but rules and regulations are involved. Before you order any background checks for employment purposes, you must have a functional process to comply with the law.

For example, New Jersey "bans the box" for private employers statewide. This includes all private employers in Sussex County since 2015. You may not use the job application to ask questions about criminal history, such as whether an individual has ever had a felony conviction. Employers must conduct an initial interview with the candidate before they may investigate their criminal history. Using web search engines to look for the candidate before the interview is not allowed. Employers cannot ask about records that may have been expunged or pardoned. Finally, you may not use drug tests for marijuana or deny a job based on a cannabis-related positive test.

Federal law comes into play as well. You must follow the Fair Credit Reporting Act's guidelines on gathering consent and taking adverse action while observing EEOC guidelines for non-discriminatory hiring. If your business operates within New York City, you must comply with that jurisdiction’s extensive "ban the box" law.

With a comprehensive, written policy to consistently vet candidates in full compliance with the law, you can confidently select the resources you’ll use. Generally, most hiring managers will seek to establish a broad baseline understanding of a candidate’s history by using a thorough search. The US OneSEARCH tool, which delivers nearly instant results, searches for matches with your candidate in a database of records we’ve compiled from nationwide sources. Check out our coverage map for information on all our sources.

However, not every jurisdiction in the United States makes it easy for consumer reporting agencies to access public records. Some areas may not allow private companies to access this data; Sussex County is one example. All criminal history checks in New Jersey be requested from the New Jersey State Police. Name-based background checks cost $20, while fingerprint-based checks have a $44.13 fee.

Background reports sourced from county court records may include the subject's:

  • Name
  • Offense/Charge
  • Sentence
  • Disposition

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