Introduction and Overview

The Massachusetts Court System uses several social media tools for outreach, education and information. These online tools are intended to enhance, but not replace, traditional channels currently in place for press and constituent communication.

The courts will not respond via social media to press inquiries, resident questions or complaints, or other serious constituent matters:
• Media inquiries should be directed to the Public Information Office at 617-557-1114.
• For website issues or inquiries about the Massachusetts Court System website and website policies, please email website.inquiries@jud.state.ma.us.
• For all other matters, please visit the Contact Us page of the Massachusetts Court System website.

Below are some of the ways we encourage people to stay informed and engaged and the Massachusetts Court System policies that pertain to them. Other organizations within Mass.Gov may have different policies. Additionally, please be sure to review the privacy policies and terms of use for any social media accounts you access through a link from Mass.Gov as they may differ based on the organization hosting the content.

Your Third Party Social Media Accounts

Some pages on the Massachusetts Court System website allow you to interact with your own third party social media accounts on an affirmative basis. For example, from a post on a Blog, you may click a button to “like” a post on your Facebook™ account or to pin a post to your Pinterest™ account. Clicking such a third party social media button on the Massachusetts Court System website may prompt you to log into the relevant third party social media provider if you are not already logged in and should work in the same manner as if you logged in to the third party social media provider directly (e.g., it may set one or more persistent cookies as a result of logging in). If you are already logged in, or once you are logged in, to the third party social media provider, the button will facilitate your interaction with that third party social media provider. Moreover, when you add content from the Massachusetts Court System website to your third party social media account, it is possible that your public account information can be associated with the Massachusetts Court System website content that you are posting. For example, if you retweet a tweet posted anywhere on the Mass.gov/courts website (more information on our Twitter™ account is below), someone could use Twitter to search for a keyword in the original tweet and, potentially, see your public account information.

In addition to your interaction with third party social media providers on an affirmative basis, we may use widgets that interact on a limited basis (e.g., by accessing a preexisting persistent cookie) with your third party social media provider solely by virtual of your viewing a web page on the Massachusetts Court System website.  We will try to note in our privacy policy when we are using such a third party social media widget. For example, if we use a Facebook widget to display “Likes,” the widget may check with Facebook when you access the page to see if you have already “Liked” the page. If you have, the “Like” button may present you with the option of un-“liking” the post. Similarly, if we use a Twitter widget to display a Twitter feed with a “Follow” option, the widget may check with Twitter to determine if you are already “following” that feed and present you with the option to un-“follow” the feed. In these instances, it is technically possible for the third party social media provider to track your movements across the Massachusetts Court System website.

These third party social media accounts will be governed by their own separate website policies to which you likely agreed when you signed up. Such website policies usually include a privacy policy and terms of service that apply to your use of the third party social media account.

Blogs

Launched in 2005, the blog "Massachusetts Law Updates," found at http://blog.mass.gov/masslawlib , is the official blog of the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries. The blog promotes the sharing of information about Massachusetts law, library service and interesting and helpful websites.

The Mass.Gov® Blogs have their own privacy policy, comment policy, terms of use and linking policy. Also note that this blog is hosted on WP Engine, which is subject to website policies of that provider, including its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. These policies apply to your use of the Massachusetts Law Updates Blog.

RSS Feeds

While you can always check the Massachusetts Court System website for regular updates, it's often easier to have information come to you. RSS lets you do just that.When you subscribe to an RSS feed, updates come to you as we post them. Get more information here about RSS feeds and how to use them.

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Library offers an RSS feed to its official blog, Massachusetts Law Updates. It may be found at https://blog.mass.gov/masslawlib/feed .

The Reporter of Decisions offers an RSS feed featuring new and recent SJC and Appeals Court Published Opinions and lists of Unpublished Appeals Court Decisions. Subscribe at http://www.mass.gov/courts/court-info/sjc/about/reporter-of-decisions/new-opinions.

Twitter™

Twitter is a free microblogging site that allows users to send and read other users' short updates (up to 140 characters in length).

As a matter of policy:

  • Any Twitter accounts used on Mass.gov/courts will be maintained and monitored by the Judicial Branch.
  • We will not as a matter of course follow individuals who follow us, but we may follow other official government-sponsored Twitter accounts, including official state agency Twitter accounts, media and others as deemed appropriate by Mass.gov/courts.
  • Twitter is one of the many means we may use to connect residents with their government. We will review and update Twitter as much as possible as we monitor and maintain other channels of feedback.
  • Mass.gov/courts will not respond via Twitter to press inquiries and reserves the right to respond to resident questions, complaints, or other constituent matters.
  • Also note that Twitter is governed by separate website policies, including its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Those policies apply to your use of Twitter.

The Judicial Branch uses Twitter to quickly share news of courthouse closures, delayed openings, and session cancellations. Please find us at https://twitter.com/macourtclosings . The official handle is @macourtclosings .

The Reporter of Decisions uses its Twitter account to announce each day's release of SJC opinions. The page may be found at https://twitter.com/massreports . The official handle is @MassReports .

The Trial Court Law Library uses its Twitter account to provide timely announcements and updates on Massachusetts law, library service and other relevant and helpful information to any other users who elect to watch or follow its Twitter feed. To view the Trial Court Law Library Twitter page, please visit https://twitter.com/masslawlib . The official handle is @MassLawLib .

YouTube™

To both increase transparency and save money on video hosting and streaming, the Massachusetts Court System publishes all of its video content to its YouTube channel and embeds the videos back on to its website.

The Massachusetts Court System is responsible solely for the content uploaded to the official YouTube channel, and not for any related videos or linked videos linked from other users, nor for any advertising or other content contained on the YouTube website.

Also note that this video share is hosted by YouTube and is governed by YouTube’s separate website policies, including its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. These policies apply to your use of YouTube.