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.
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
Criminal jurisdiction of the Boston Municipal Court includes most criminal offenses which do not require the imposition of a state prison sentence. If a prison sentence is mandated, the Court may conduct probable cause hearings to determine whether offenses will be bound over to the Superior Court. The Court has original jurisdiction over a number of serious felonies, concurrent with the Superior Court. The Court'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 Court also has jurisdiction for review of 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 abuse prevention; sanitary code; and residential nuisances.