Jurisdiction

The Land Court Department of the Trial Court has statewide jurisdiction. While the court has jurisdiction throughout the Commonwealth, the justices of the Land Court normally sit in Boston. However, it is usual, where the circumstances warrant and counsel request, for the court to hold trials in other locations within the state. Read more

History

Land ownership and use are central to the structure of our society. So central, that the interplay of individual private interests and the demands of society and public policy has created a complex historical infrastructure of legal rights and the documentation thereof. 

One of the most complex aspects of this infrastructure is the process for determining the legal status of ownership rights in land, what we call title.

The Nature & Evolution of Title

Land has always been an important locus for the economic activity necessary for human life. Unlike the multiplicity of goods and services that such economic activity may produce, we cannot generally create large new quantities of land, and the ability of land to provide space for production is limited by its physical and locational properties. 

For that reason, early in human history, it became important to evidence to whom exploitation of certain portions of the surface of the earth is attributed and what are the limits of that portion of land through some sort of descriptional formula.

Read more about the Evolution of Title