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  • Boston Municipal Court

    Boston Municipal Court

    This court has jurisdiction over matters within the city of Boston, including various civil actions, and criminal proceedings not bound over to higher courts.

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  • District Court

    District Court

    This court hears criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases.

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  • Housing Court

    Housing Court

    This court has jurisdiction over the use of any real property and activities conducted thereon which is subject to regulation by local cities and towns. 

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  • Juvenile Court

    Juvenile Court

    This court has general jurisdiction over delinquency, guardianship matters, and youthful offender cases.

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  • Land Court

    Land Court

    This court has statewide jurisdiction over most real property matters, including registration of title as well as zoning and real estate tax lien cases.

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  • Probate and Family Court

    Probate and Family Court

    This court has jurisdiction over a wide range of family matters, probate proceedings, and general equity.

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  • Superior Court

    Superior Court

    This court has jurisdiction over all felony matters, civil actions over $25,000, labor disputes where injunctive relief is sought, and medical malpractice tribunals.

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The Massachusetts Trial Court is composed of seven court departments with unique jurisdictions and responsibilities. 

The Trial Court is committed to:

  • fair and impartial administration of justice;
  • protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties;
  • equal access to justice for all in a safe and dignified environment;
  • efficient, effective and accountable resolution of disputes;
  • prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professionals utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.


Trial Court Strategic Plan - Introduction

A new strategic plan is being implemented that will guide the Trial Court in addressing the evolving needs of the people of Massachusetts. 

The goal of the strategic plan is to achieve the delivery of justice with dignity and speed.

Access to Justice

Access to Justice is a core value of the Massachusetts Judicial Branch. 

Towards that end, in June, 2009 the Chief Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Trial Court established the Access to Justice Initiative. A number of the features on the Massachusetts Courts website were implemented as a result of the initiative including:

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