Massachusetts rules of court and standing orders

Not all Massachusetts Rules of Court are available online. Efforts have been taken to ensure accuracy in all rules contained on this website.

If there are discrepancies between the electronic versions of the rules found on this website and the official print versions that appear in a volume such as Massachusetts Reports, the print version should be considered authoritative.

Table of Contents

Standing Orders related to COVID-19

For all court standing orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, see:

Court system response to COVID-19

Civil, criminal and appellate procedure

Supreme Judicial Court

Appeals Court

Massachusetts Trial Court

Superior Court

District Court & Boston Municipal Court

Probate and Family Court

Housing Court

Juvenile Court

Land Court

These rules and standing orders are also available as an ebook.

Additional Resources   for Land Court

Dispute resolution

Jury Commissioner

Federal Rules

Rule changes and invitations to comment

This area includes notices inviting comment on proposed rules, and notices of rules which have been changed. Find rule changes and invitations to comment on proposed rules and amendments

Rules of Professional Conduct

Here you will find information on ethics and rules of professional conduct for judges, clerks of court and attorneys. View the Massachusetts rules of professional conduct

Time standards and case management

Time standards and case management for court cases ensure the timely attention necessary to secure a just and expeditious determination of each case or claim. Each court sets its own time standards and case management procedures. This area includes specific standards and procedures for each court. Learn about time standards and case management

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