Court Systems


Even though courts are fully operational and accessible to the public, some hearings and other proceedings are still taking place virtually – by videoconference or phone.

Last-reviewed: 3pm, Nov. 21, 2023

Key Resources:

The Basics

  • Some court hearings are still taking place virtually and some or all of the people participate by video or phone. Find helpful information on remote Trial Court services like remote hearings and virtual registries here.

The Breakdown

  • The public can view the status of court cases on 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.
  • Court users can get help remotely from Trial Court Law Libraries and Court Service Centers, which provide guidance M-F between 9am and 12pm. Brochures are available in ten languages.
  • Many court hearings are still virtual (meaning that some or all of the people participate by video or phone). The court system developed an online guide to virtual hearings and the Massachusetts Bar Association created a video guide to help court users prepare for remote hearings.
  • People with upcoming MA Trial Court proceeding dates can sign up for eReminder notifications with the date, time, and location of their next scheduled court appearance. Flyers about the e-Reminder service are available in multiple languages here.

The Bottom Line

  • Care team members can share court resources available online to assist individuals with navigating courts systems and get information about their court case.