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Request administrative records

Find out how to get copies of records related to the management, supervision, or administration of courts and offices within the judicial branch.

Judicial Branch Administrative Records

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What you need for Request administrative records

Administrative records are records related to the management, supervision, or administration of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, or the Trial Court, including any court department that is directed by the Trial Court, the Massachusetts Probation Service, the Office of Jury Commissioner, or the office of any court clerk. They are different from court records, which are records filed in the clerks' offices that are connected to a case or proceeding. Court records, with certain exceptions are usually open to the public under the common law, while the courts' administrative records are not usually public under common law and are not covered by the state's public records law. However, requests for access to these records will be considered on a case by case basis.

Fees for Request administrative records

The fee for the record will be no more than $25 per hour (not to be charged for the first 4 hours of work) and no more than 5 cents per page for standard black and white paper copies or printouts.

How to request Request administrative records

Requests for court administrative records can be emailed. Please describe the records you are requesting, and email them to AdminRecordReq@jud.state.ma.us

The designated record access officers listed below will receive the request and follow up within the appropriate organization.

Court Record Access Officer
Supreme Judicial Court  Jennifer Donahue, Public Information Office
Appeals Court Gina L. DeRossi, Esq., Appeals Court
Trial Court Mary F. Rafferty, Executive Office of the Trial Court

Requests for court administrative records can be mailed. Please describe the records you are requesting, and mail them to the appropriate record access officer at: 

John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square
Boston, MA  02108

The designated record access officers listed below will receive the request and follow up within the appropriate organization.

Court Record Access Officer
Supreme Judicial Court  Jennifer Donahue, Public Information Office
Appeals Court Gina L. DeRossi, Esq., Appeals Court
Trial Court Mary F. Rafferty, Executive Office of the Trial Court

Contact for Request administrative records

Address
John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Sq, Boston, MA 02108
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