Court Systems

Headline:

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

Last-reviewed: 9am, June 23, 2022

Key Resources:

The Basics

The Breakdown

  • Certain eviction 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.
  • Effective March 23, 2022, the MA Supreme Judicial Court is prohibiting certain persons from entering MA state courthouses and court facilities if they meet any of the COVID-related conditions outlined in the Court’s order.
  • 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, contact the Trial Court Helpline by calling 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.  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, MA 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.