For Immediate Release - January 30, 2014

Franklin County Courthouse Renovation

Temporary location at 101 Munson Street in Greenfield

BOSTON, MA - Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey and Court Administrator Harry Spence today announced that all courts currently operating in the Franklin County Courthouse on Main Street in Greenfield will relocate to an interim courthouse location at the Greenfield Corporate Center on 101 Munson Street, after the close of business on February 14, 2014.  The relocation makes way for the start of a major construction and renovation project planned for the Main Street building.

Effective February 18, 2014, court operations will begin at the Munson Street location. The courts relocating are: Franklin County Superior Court, Franklin County Probate and Family Court, and Greenfield District Court. The Franklin Law Library will also be relocated to the temporary Franklin County Courthouse. The Franklin/Hampshire Juvenile Court will remain at its current location at 106 Main Street in Greenfield until the renovation is complete. The Western Housing Court expects to relocate its one-day per-week Greenfield session to the Munson Street location in late March or early April.

The Trial Court has leased the newly-renovated, three-story building from the Greenfield Corporate Center.

The 57,000 square-foot facility has four courtrooms, two jury deliberation rooms and seven holding cells. The building also has modern electronic security systems, HVAC systems, on-site parking and on-site access to public transportation via the Franklin Regional Transit Authority.

The interim Franklin County Courthouse will include a Court Service Center, designed to support self-represented litigants and other court users better understand how to navigate the court system. The Northwestern District Attorney will also have offices at the relocated site.

Mail and telephone information for the courts is as follows:

Greenfield District Court, 101 Munson Street, Greenfield, MA 01301, tel. 413-774-5533

Franklin County Superior Court, 101 Munson Street, Greenfield, MA 01301, tel. 413-774-5535

Franklin County Probate & Family Court, PO Box 590, Greenfield, MA 01302, tel. 413-774-7011, 413-774-7012, or 413-774-7013

The main telephone number for the Franklin Law Library is 413-772-6580