There are many resources available to help people represent
themselves in court. The Trial Court law libraries located
throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts can be an excellent
resource. The Trial Court law libraries are available to assist
people who have questions about the law and court process and
can direct visitors to additional resources. This Appendix
contains a list of the seventeen Trial Court law libraries.
Bar associations – statewide, county, and local – can
be another source of information. This Appendix contains contact
information for the Massachusetts Bar Association, a statewide
organization, as well as county bar associations.
There are a number of websites that provide helpful information
for people with legal problems or who want to bring a civil
claim or respond to a civil claim that has been brought against
them. In this Appendix you will find a list of some Trial Court
and other government websites that may answer some of your
questions or lead you to additional information.
You may decide that you want to be represented by a lawyer,
but don’t know how to locate one. You will find contact
information in this Appendix for a number of organizations
that provide legal representation or can refer you to a lawyer
who might be able to represent you. Each organization has its
own eligibility requirements (i.e., income requirements) and
decides for itself what types of cases it will accept.
The contents of
this book and any updates can be found on the
www.mass.gov/courts/ where you can also
download a copy.