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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.

Notice to the Bar: Judicial Performance Evaluations of Trial Court judges in Middlesex County are on their way

In the coming weeks, emails will be sent to members of the Bar asking them to evaluate judges in the District Court, Juvenile Court, Probate and Family Court in Middlesex County and the Northeast Housing Court.

The evaluation period is from the end of October to mid-December.  Crucial to maintaining a high quality judicial branch is the full participation of the Bar in judicial evaluation.

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