About the Programs

The programs sponsored by the Massachusetts Judiciary are designed to help you understand the court system, access the services you need and learn more about the courts. We invite you to explore our many programs whether you are a plaintiff, defendant, witness, victim of a crime, attorney educator or student.

We have programs for educators and students, including those that arrange for student tours of our appellate courts; Specialty Court Sessions that operate throughout the various divisions of the departments to address criminal behavior resulting from underlying chronic substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness and issues specially effecting Veterans; programs that  offer Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)  and conciliation services as an option for resolving a case; education programs for  parents; an array of alternative sentencing and innovative probation directed programs such as Changing Lives through Literature that provide alternatives to traditional sentencing and demonstrates the power of literature to change lives.