Court Closings

In accordance with G.L.c.220, §6, the courts of the Commonwealth are required to be open for court business on all days except Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays.  However, in cases of extreme weather conditions or other emergencies, courts may need to be closed.

The closing of a court or court offices shall occur only in those rare circumstances when the safety of the public or court employees is jeopardized.  


If the Trial Court must close a court facility, the Public Information Officer of the Supreme Judicial Court will notify the local radio and television stations to broadcast any court closure for the benefit of court employees and members of the public.  

Notices of court closures shall be posted as quickly as possible on the Massachusetts Court System Website at  In addition, email notification of court closure announcements can be arranged by subscribing via email to the Trial Court Closure ListServ.   Instructions for subscribing to the ListServ are found here .

Additionally, a closure message is recorded for public information at the following telephone numbers:


Twitter Notification Now Available:

The Massachusetts Judicial Branch has created a Twitter account -- @macourtclosings -- as an additional method for the Court to quickly share news of a court closure.

Twitter notification will allow instantaneous one-way communication to those who use Twitter and who follow the @macourtclosings account. Twitter messages are limited to 140 characters, therefore messages will be brief. You can find us on Twitter here: .