The Housing Court Department has jurisdiction over civil and criminal actions, including equitable relief, which involve the health, safety, or welfare of the occupants or owners of residential housing. The Court hears summary process (eviction) cases, small claims cases, and civil actions involving personal injury, property damage, breach of contract, discrimination, and other claims. The Housing Court also hears code enforcement actions and appeals of local zoning board decisions that affect residential housing. The Housing Court has 10 judges authorized to serve its five divisions – Boston, Northeast, Southeast, Western and Worcester – and conducts satellite sessions in 18 locations every week.
SJC Committee Seeks Lawyer Response in Evaluation of Trial Court Judges in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties
As part of the ongoing program to evaluate and enhance judicial performance, the Supreme Judicial Court is seeking response from attorneys who practice before the District, Superior, Juvenile, Probate and Family, and Housing Courts in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties. The SJC asks that any attorney who receives an email inviting them to log in and complete a questionnaire should take the time to complete it, as the more responses received, the more helpful the judicial evaluations will be. The SJC's evaluation program is the best opportunity for attorneys to offer their opinions of the members of the judiciary in an anonymous, confidential process. The evaluation period is from the beginning of May through June. To learn more, or to get a copy of the questionnaire, click on the "learn more" link below or send an email to Mona.Hochberg@sjc.state.ma.us.
- Housing Court Administrative Office
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- Housing Court Forms
- Housing Court FAQ
- Attorney Portal for Housing Court Cases
- Lawyer for the Day Programs in Housing Court
- Limited Assistance Representation (LAR)
- Jurisdiction of the Housing Court Department
- What is Mediation?
- ¿Qué es Mediación?
- Self-Help Housing
- Small Claims
- Search Court Dockets for Public Case Information
- Tenancy Preservation Program
- Time Standards
- Uniform Rules on Impoundment Procedure