Supreme Judicial Court Restricts Court Appearances to Emergency Matters

Courts Closed to the Public Except for Emergency Matters at Least Until April 6 

Updated: Mar. 17th, 2020, 1:47 pm

Courts will be closed to the public March 18, 2020 until at least April 6, 2020.  The only matters that will be heard in-person in Massachusetts state courthouses are emergency matters that cannot be held by videoconference or telephone. Each of the seven Trial Court departments will define emergency matters for their departments in new standing orders that will be issued today.

Related Items:

Press Release:   https://www.mass.gov/news/supreme-judicial-court-issues-order-restricting-court-appearances-to-emergency-matters

SJC Standing Order:  https://www.mass.gov/supreme-judicial-court-rules/supreme-judicial-court-order-limiting-in-person-appearances-in-state

Courts COVID-19 Page:  https://www.mass.gov/guides/court-system-response-to-covid-19

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