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

Interim Policies and Procedures for Civil Cases: Pilot Project in the Boston Municipal Court Department

The Boston Municipal Court Department (“BMCD”) will be implementing Interim Policies and Procedures for Civil Cases in connection with a department-wide Pilot Project to improve the progression and resolution of civil money damage actions and, consequently, reduce litigation costs and delays. The Pilot will be a six-month project commencing Monday, May 16, 2016. The proposed procedures will establish changes in the handling of civil cases in the BMCD, including discovery requirements in consumer debt credit cases, the ability to waive a Case Management Conference in tort and contract cases not involving consumer debt, and the availability of a form of attorney-conducted (or self-represented litigant-conducted) voir dire. Learn more

Civil Appeals Clinic

If you have questions about how to appeal a judgment or decision, 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.  The Clinic is run by the Volunteer Lawyers Project and held at the Appeals Court Clerk’s Office on Wednesdays between 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Please be advised that the Civil Appeals Clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys and is limited to low-income persons who qualify for services. You will be screened for income, assets, and case type, among other things, before a volunteer attorney can meet with you.  For more information about the screening process, please contact info@vlpnet.org. Learn more about the Civil Appeals Clinic

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