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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 20 locations every week.

SJC Committee Seeks Attorney Response in Suffolk County

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 Boston Municipal Court, District Court, Housing Court, Probate and Family Court and Juvenile Court in Suffolk County. 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 will end on August 7, 2015. To learn more, or to get a copy of the questionnaire, click on the "read more" link below or send an email to Mona.Hochberg@sjc.state.ma.us.

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