Eighteen major capital improvement projects have been completed since the formation of the Court Capital Projects department in 1993. These projects range from renovations targeting specific facility improvements to construction of comprehensive justice centers addressing broader regional needs. The Brooke Courthouse and Worcester Trial Court, the two largest courthouses in the state, were built during this time period. In recent years, multi-department regional justice centers have opened in Fall River, Taunton and Salem, representing the new trend in courthouse construction.


J. Michael Ruane Courthouse
Opened in November 2011


Gross Square Footage: 191,000
Courtroom Total: 11
Total Project Cost: $106.0 M
Designer: Goody Clancy Associates
Construction Manager at Risk: Daniel O'Connell's Sons
Occupants: District, Housing, Juvenile, Superior
Photos of Ruane Courthouse

Taunton Trial Court
Opened in June 2011


Gross Square Footage: 147,000
Courtroom Total: 8
Total Project Cost: $86.0 M
Designer: Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Construction Manager at Risk: Daniel O'Connell's Sons
Occupants: District, Housing, Juvenile, Probate & Family
Photos of Taunton Trial Court

Fall River Justice Center
Opened in April 2010


Gross Square Footage: 153,000
Courtroom Total: 9
Total Project Cost: $85.0 M
Designer: Finegold Alexander + Associates
Construction Manager at Risk: Dimeo Construction
Occupants: District and Superior Courts
Photos of Fall River Justice Center

Plymouth Trial Court
Opened in August 2007


Gross Square Footage: 189,000
Courtroom Total: 10
Total Project Cost: $71.0 M
Designer: Perry Dean Rogers Architects
General Contractor: Gilbane Building Company
Occupants: District, Housing, Juvenile, Superior, PFC
Photos of Plymouth Trial Court

Worcester Trial Court
Opened in June 2007


Gross Square Footage: 427,000
Courtroom Total: 26
Total Project Cost: $180.0 M
Designer: Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott
General Contractor: Gilbane Building Company
Occupants: District, Housing, Juvenile, Superior, PFC
Photos of Worcester Trial Court

Suffolk County Courthouse
Renovated in 2005


Gross Square Footage: 429,366
Courtroom Total: 24
Total Project Cost: $33.2 M
Designer: Drummey Rosane Anderson
General Contractor: W.T. Rich Company
Occupants: Superior Court
Photos of Suffolk County Courthouse

Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
Renovated in 2005


Gross Square Footage: 425,300
Courtroom Total: 25
Total Project Cost: $18.0 M
Designer: Helmuth, Obata + Kassabaum
General Contractor: Whiting Turner Construction
Occupants: Boston Municipal, Housing, Juvenile, PFC
Photos of Brooke Courthouse

John Adams Courthouse
Renovated in 2005


Gross Square Footage: 340,492
Courtroom Total: 4
Total Project Cost: $151.0 M
Designer: Childs Bertman Tseckares Architects
Construction Manager: Tishman Construction
General Contractor: Suffolk Construction Company
Occupants: Appeals, SJC, Social Law Library
Photos of John Adams Courthouse

Newton District Court
Renovated in 2004


Gross Square Footage: 15,268
Courtroom Total: 2
Total Project Cost: $12.0 M
Designer: Drummey Rosane Anderson
General Contractor: Built-Rite
Occupants: District Court
Photos of Newton District Court

Chelsea Trial Court
Opened in 1999


Gross Square Footage: 54,112
Courtroom Total: 5
Total Project Cost: $16.7 M
Designer: Schwartz/Silver Architects
General Contractor: R.W. Granger and Sons
Occupants: District and Juvenile Courts
Photos of Chelsea Trial Court

Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
Opened in 1999

Gross Square Footage: 425,300
Courtroom Total: 18
Total Project Cost: $102.0 M
Designer: Kallman, McKinnell & Wood Architects
Construction Manager: Tishman Construction Company
General Contractor: Dimeo-O'Connor, a Joint Venture
Occupants: Housing, Juvenile, Land, Probate & Family
Photos of Brooke Courthouse

Brockton Trial Court
Opened in 1999


Gross Square Footage: 144,000
Courtroom Total: 13
Total Project Cost: $41.0 M
Designer: Elkus/Manfredi Architects
General Contractor: Beacon Skanska Construction
Occupants: District, Housing, Juvenile, Probate & Family
Photos of Brockton Trial Court

Fenton Judicial Center
Opened in 1998


Gross Square Footage: 156,181
Courtroom Total: 10
Total Project Cost: $34.5 M
Designer: Leers Weinzapfel Associates
General Contractor: R.W. Granger and Sons
Occupants: District, Housing, Juvenile, Probate & Family
Photos of Fenton Judicial Center

Dorchester Municipal Court
Renovated in 1997


Gross Square Footage: 77,000
Courtroom Total: 6
Total Project Cost: $15.1 M
Designer: Goody Clancy Associates
General Contractor: Peabody Construction
Occupants: Boston Municipal and Juvenile Courts
Photos of Dorchester Municipal Court

Fall River Trial Court
Renovated in 1996



Gross Square Footage: 71,220
Courtroom Total: 5
Total Project Cost: $15.0 M
Designer: Finegold Alexander + Associates
Occupants: Housing, Juvenile, Probate & Family
Photos of Fall River Trial Court

Roxbury Municipal Court
Renovated in 1996



Gross Square Footage: 70,658
Courtroom Total: 6
Total Project Cost: $15.0 M
General Contractor: TLT Construction
Occupants: Boston Municipal and Juvenile Courts
Photos of Roxbury Municipal Court

East Brookfield District Court
Opened in 1995



Gross Square Footage: 44,225
Courtroom Total: 2
Total Project Cost: $7.5 M
General Contractor: R.W. Granger and Sons
Occupants: District, Housing, Probate & Family Courts
Photos of East Brookfield District Court

West Roxbury Municipal Court
Renovated in 1994



Gross Square Footage: 54,124
Courtroom Total: 4
Total Project Cost: $8.5 M
Designer: Elkus/Manfredi Architects
Occupants: Boston Municipal and Juvenile Courts
Photos of West Roxbury Municipal Court

Newburyport District Court
Opened in 1991



Gross Square Footage: 56,437
Courtroom Total: 4
Total Project Cost: $12.1 M
Designer: Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Occupants: District and Juvenile Courts
Photos of Newburyport District Court