Pilot Programs

Learn about the important court programs that are currently being conducted on an experimental basis before expanding them to other departments and divisions throughout the Massachusetts Court System. Many of these pilot programs are designed to provide the public with better access to justice and to improve the delivery of services.  

As always, we welcome your comments and feedback about these initiatives.  Please contact the court or courts where these pilots are being conducted. Courthouses

Civil Appeals Clinic

If you have questions about how to appeal a judgment or decision from a trial court or State administrative agency, the Civil Appeals Clinic may be able to help.  At the Clinic, free attorneys can explain the process for appealing a judgment or decision and answer questions about it. This clinic is being run temporarily from May through October 2015 by the Volunteer Lawyers Project. Learn more

Boston Municipal Court Pilots Initiative To Measure Access and Fairness

As part of the courts' commitment to accountability and continuous improvement, the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court Department volunteered to pilot a new assessment tool, a model survey for seeking court users' opinions. As a result of this successful effort in Roxbury, implementation will continue throughout the Boston Municipal Court divisions. Learn more

Appeals Court Docketing Statements Pilot Program

Continued until December 31, 2015

The Appeals Court requires that appellants and cross-appellants in all civil and criminal appeals (excluding incarcerated self-represented litigants) complete and file a docketing statement within fourteen days after the Appeals Court issues the "Notice of Entry" of the appeal. Learn more

Business Litigation Session of the Superior Court Implements Discover Pilot Project

Pilot Program - Requests for Modification of Child and/or Medical Support in the Bristol Division of the Probate and Family Court