- How to find a lawyer, get help with a foreclosure action, or access legal information?
- How to search for a Land Court case docket?
- How to understand Land Court case number formatting?
- How to see paperwork filed on a case?
- How to request that an old case file be retrieved from off-site storage?
- How to order the audio of an in-court proceeding?
- How to find a Land Court case decision?
- How are Judges assigned to Land Court cases?
- How to find information about the Service Members Civil Relief Act?
- How to apply for an appointment as a Commissioners for Partition of Real Estate
- How are Cases Assigned and Scheduled in the Land Court?
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A case docket is the record that the court keeps of the entries the court makes in each case. This includes the basic case information such as the docket number, names of the parties (ie. plaintiff and defendant), names and contact information of attorneys representing parties, dates for scheduled court events and docket entries. Docket entries record papers filed with the court, such as answers or motions, as well as the results of events that have taken place.
Land Court case dockets are accessible to the public via the Trial Court’s eAccess internet site at www.masscourts.org. Contained on that site is a set of detailed instructions on how to conduct a search by case name, case type or case docket number.
Case dockets that are available on the eAccess site date back to:
|Registration (REG)||Case # 42205||November 10, 1987|
|Subsequent (S cases)||July 13, 1987|
|Tax Lien (TL)||Case # 70973||January 1, 1984|
|Servicemember (MISC)||Case # 121256||October 15, 1986|
|Miscellaneous (MISC)||Case # 127402||March 29, 1988|
How to understand Land Court Case number formatting:
Land Court case files contain the paperwork that has been filed in a case and are available to the public for inspection. They are maintained by the Land Court Recorder’s Office and can be viewed there during the hours that the Recorder’s Office is open to the public.
The court maintains more case files than can be stored at the court so many older cases are stored off-site. Case files currently stored off-site are:
|Tax cases (closed)||#1-124487|
There are two ways to request that a case file be retrieved from storage to allow for your review at the court. (1) At the Recorder’s Office there is a file retrieval request form that can be filled out and given to the clerk at the public counter, or (2) or call the Recorder's office during business hours at (617) 788-7470. The request should include the case type, docket number, and your name, email address if available, and contact number. Using either method, when the file is delivered to the court, you will receive either an email or telephone call from the court indicating that the file is available for your review at the Recorder’s Office. All requests must be in no later than Tuesday at noon. Please note, cases will held on site for two weeks.
All court sessions are recorded by the court.
For in court sessions that took place before June 30, 2016:
Copies of in-court proceedings can be obtained my making a request to the Recorder’s Office. On the Land Court web page is a link for “Forms and Instructions”. Click on that link and then select the form “CD Copy Request Order Form”. You can print and then complete the top portion of the form to request a CD copy of the proceeding that you are interested in. That form can be dropped off or mailed with a check (made out to the Land Court) at 3 Pemberton Square, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02108. If you prefer to pick up the CD when it has been copied, the cost is $50.50, and if you prefer to have the court mail the CD to you, the cost is $53.00.
For in court sessions that took place after June 30, 2016:
Audio is available via an on-line request to the audio vendor, "For the Record", at the site us.court.fm. The site will prompt you to set up an account and place an order. The information necessary to place an order includes the courthouse name, case name, docket number, date of the event, courtroom number, and the event start and end time. The order will be processed, and if approved, on-line digital access will be provided as soon as the credit card payment is received. As of November 1, 2016, the cost for this audio is $10.00 per day, per case.
How to find a Land Court case decision?
Full Land Court case decisions can be found three ways:
(1) On line at the Trial Court Law Library site, www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/ (from July 2008 on). In the “cases” section under Land Court decisions.
(2) In the Land Court Reporter series. This publication includes all Land Court case decisions and is available both at the Land Court Recorder’s Office and at many Trial Court Law Library sites.
(3) In the Land Court case file in the Recorder’s Office of the Land Court.
Read about Single Case Assignments
See the Self Help Center for Frequently Asked Questions on Servicemember Cases
The Land Court maintains a list of attorneys from which to appoint Commissioners for Partition of Real Estate under G. L. c. 241, § 12.To apply for appointment to this list, please complete and mail the application with a copy of your resume to:
Three Pemberton Square
Boston, MA 02108
ATTN: Chief Justice Judith C. Cutler