Municipal Court Department
Chief Justice of the Boston Municipal Court
Honorable Charles R. Johnson
Given our unique responsibility to advance the fair administration of justice, the Boston Municipal Court Department is devoted to the rule of law through the conscientious and expeditious resolution of disputes, with a commitment to restoring the human spirit through correction, education, respect and compassion.
11.15.13 - Honorable Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., Appointed Chief Justice of the Boston Municipal Court Department by Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey
07.17.12 - Boston Municipal Court Department Hosts Law Enforcement Officials from Mexico
05.23.12 - Boston Municipal Court Department Standing Order 1-09 for Sealing Multiple Criminal Records amended as a permanent Order effective as of May 14, 2012
12.12.11 - Boston Municipal Court Department Hosts Students from Boston College
Jurisdiction (case types):
The Boston Municipal Court Department's criminal jurisdiction includes most criminal offenses which do not require the imposition of a state prison sentence. Even in those instances when a prison sentence is mandated, the Boston Municipal Court Department may conduct the probable cause hearings to determine whether offenses will be bound over to the Superior Court. The Boston Municipal Court Department has original jurisdiction over a number of serious felonies, concurrent with the Superior Court.
The Boston Municipal Court Department's civil jurisdiction includes contract and tort actions; cases remanded from the Superior Court; small claims; small claims jury appeals; mental health commitments; summary process; supplementary proceedings; unemployment compensation appeals; paternity and support actions; and domestic abuse actions. The Boston Municipal Court Department also has jurisdiction to review findings of the State Police Trial Board, and equitable jurisdiction in lead poisoning prevention; landlord interference with quiet enjoyment or failure to provide utilities; family prevention; sanitary code; and residential nuisances.
The Boston Municipal Court Department consists of eight courts with the following territorial jurisdiction:
Brighton (Court Code 08) covers Brighton and Allston.
Central (Court Code 01) covers the Downtown Boston area, Chinatown, North End, West End, South End through Massachusetts Avenue, Beacon Hill.
Charlestown (Court Code 04) covers Charlestown.
Dorchester (Court Code 07) covers Dorchester.
East Boston (Court Code 05) covers East Boston and Winthrop..
Roxbury (Court Code 02) covers Roxbury.
South Boston (Court Code 03) covers South Boston.
West Roxbury (Court Code 06) covers West Roxbury, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Parts of Mission Hill, Parts of Mattapan.
The Boston Municipal Court's Civil Department has personal jurisdiction over all defendants who reside or have a place of business in Suffolk County, as well as over defendants who live outside of Suffolk County, so long as the plaintiff resides or has a place of business in the Boston Municipal Court Judicial District (as defined by Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 218, Section 1). The Boston Municipal Court's Civil Department also has personal jurisdiction over defendants outside of Massachusetts under the long arm statute (Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 223A, Sections 1 through 11).