Court Systems

Headline:

All courts are open for in-person business and wearing a mask is encouraged but no longer required.

Last-reviewed: 9am, Oct. 6, 2022

Key Resources:

The Basics

  • Find critical information about going to court, contacting the court, checking the status of your case, paying court fees, and other information here.
  • Some eviction protections for tenants in non-payment cases have been extended through March 31, 2023. Check these eviction resources for more information.
  • Court Service Centers help people navigate the court system. Court users can also call the Trial Court Help Line or contact their local courthouse.
  • Cell phones are permitted in all courthouses.

The Breakdown

  • Certain protections for MA tenants facing eviction for non-payment of rent have been extended through March 31, 2023. Additional state eviction protections and information can be found in the Housing Instability section of the Digital Digest.
  • Wearing a mask to court is encouraged but no longer required. People may not enter state courthouses and court facilities if they meet any of the COVID-related conditions outlined here.
  • Jury trials resumed in Massachusetts state courts on February 14, 2022.
  • The public can view the status of court cases on masscourts.org. Click here to see how to search court dockets online.
  • To find out if a case will be heard in person or virtually, call or email the court using this Courthouse Locator or this Court department emails page. Alternatively, call the Trial Court Helpline (833-91-COURT) from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday for case questions and to request an interpreter.
  • This video provides an overview on how court users can get help remotely from Trial Court Law Libraries and Court Service Centers, which provide guidance M-F between 9am and 12pm. After 12pm, court users can call the Trial Court Helpline or contact their local courthouse. Brochures are available in seven languages and video resources are available in Spanish, Cape Verdean, and Portuguese.
  • MA courts have produced a series of COVID-19 video resources explaining court procedures as well as a video guide to help court users prepare for remote hearings. Remote virtual court video resources are available in Cape Verdean, Portuguese, and Spanish here.
  • Use this online form to report any concerns relating to court operations during the pandemic.

The Bottom Line

  • Through March 31, 2023, courts must delay non-payment eviction cases while a tenant’s application for rental assistance is pending.
  • Consolidated resources for people facing eviction are available through this COVID-19 eviction information website.