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Clerk of Court Policies on Filing in the Superior Court

Under Superior Court Standing Order 7-20: Second Updated Protocol Governing Superior Court Operations During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, Part II(A) and (B) (effective June 1, 2020)

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Barnstable County Superior Court

Filings are accepted by one of the following methods: regular mail, overnight mail, or eFiling. Filings in emergency matters are accepted by email at Barnstablesuperiorcourtclerk@jud.state.ma.us. Filings in non-emergency matters are accepted by email if it is apparent that filing by regular or overnight mail, or by eFiling, is not possible; otherwise, a non-emergency filing will be accepted by email only if authorized by judicial order. Anyone with a question may call 508-375-6684 (x6 for civil; x7 for criminal) or send an email to the Clerk’s Office. 

Berkshire County Superior Court

Filings are accepted by regular mail or, for emergency matters, by email at Berkshire.clerksoffice@jud.state.ma.us. Filings in non-emergency matters must be submitted by regular mail.

Bristol County Superior Court

Filings are accepted by regular mail at the Bristol County Courthouse in New Bedford or, for emergency matters, by email at Bristol.clerksoffice@jud.state.ma.us. Filings in non-emergency matters are accepted as follows. For a new, non-emergency civil action, the complaint, civil action cover sheet, and check or money order must be submitted by regular mail or courier service to the New Bedford courthouse. Upon receipt, the Clerk’s Office will mail counsel a tracking order and receipt for payment. All filings in other non-emergency matters may be submitted by email, but within 3 days of the submission, the original documents, including any supporting ones, such as a memorandum of law or affidavit (each of which must be no longer than 40 pages), must be submitted by regular mail or courier service to the New Bedford courthouse. No exhibit will be accepted by email; exhibits must be submitted by regular mail or courier service with the original documents.

Dukes County Superior Court

Filings in emergency and non-emergency matters are accepted by regular mail or email at Dukes.clerksoffice@jud.state.ma.us. Non-emergency filings submitted by email will be docketed as of the date received by email. If a document requires a signature under oath (e.g., an affidavit), it will be accepted provisionally as of the date received by email — the filer must promptly deliver a hard copy bearing an original signature(s) by regular mail or courier service. The Clerk’s Office will enter the filing when it receives the hard copy, effective as of the date it received the filing by email. Any filing by email requiring payment to the court will be accepted provisionally as of the date received by email but will not be entered until the Clerk’s Office receives payment in full by regular mail or courier service.

Essex County Superior Court

Filings are accepted by regular mail or, in emergency matters, by email at Essex.clerksoffice@jud.state.ma.us. The only non-emergency filings that can be submitted by email are those involving criminal cases. Questions about filing may be made by email or by calling 978-825-4800.

Franklin County Superior Court

Filings are accepted by regular mail or, in emergency matters, by email at Franklinclerksoffice@jud.state.ma.us. Motions, in both emergency and non-emergency matters, are accepted by regular mail, fax, and email. Submissions by email may be no longer than 40 pages. Any new civil complaint must be filed by regular mail and must be accompanied by full payment by check made payable to Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Hampden County Superior Court

Effective Monday, August 17, 2020, the Hampden Superior Court Clerk's Office will no longer accept civil filings by email. Counsel should send civil filings via US mail, as pre-pandemic.  The Clerk's Office will not be open for hand-delivery, but there will be a drop box for the Superior Court in the front entrance of the Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse, and it will be checked in the morning and at 2:00 p.m. 

Filings in criminal cases will be accepted by regular mail, by hand delivery to the drop box, or by email to: hampden.clerksoffice@jud.state.ma.usPlease do not mail duplicate copies of pleadings filed by email.  Any filing submitted by email must be submitted as attachment(s) in PDF format, must not exceed 20 pages in length including appendices and attachments, and must not include documents to be filed under seal or otherwise to be impounded.  The Clerk’s Office will not accept documents to be retrieved via embedded hyperlinks within an email, and the use of cloud-based document services, e.g., Dropbox or Google Docs, is not permitted.  For criminal cases scheduled in the First Criminal Session, and for COVID-19 emergency matters, filings should be made by email to: hampden.clerksoffice@jud.state.ma.us.  In-person visits to the counter at the Clerk's Office must be by appointment.

Hampshire County Superior Court

Filings are accepted by regular mail and, in emergency matters, by email at Hampshire.clerksoffice@jud.state.ma.us. Filings in non-emergency matters will be accepted by email, but only if they are no longer than 40 pages. The docket will reflect the date the document was submitted by email (if after normal business hours, the next business day) and will be processed and docketed as soon as practicable under the circumstances.

Middlesex County Superior Court

Filings in both emergency and non-emergency matters should be made by eFiling when possible. If eFiling is not possible, filings are accepted by regular mail or by hand delivery to the courthouse lobby. No filings will be accepted by email in non-emergency matters unless authorized by judicial order, and, if so authorized, the original document must be filed thereafter by eFiling, regular mail, or hand delivery to the courthouse lobby. The email address is Middlesex.clerksoffice@jud.state.ma.us.

Nantucket County Superior Court

Filings in emergency matters are accepted by regular mail or email at Nantucket.clerksoffice@jud.state.ma.us. Filings in non-emergency matters are accepted by regular mail, express delivery, or by hand delivery to the secure drop box at the 16 Broad Street entrance of the Town and County Building. For any emergency filing submitted by email, all parties must be copied, and the original document(s) must be submitted to the Clerk’s Office simultaneously by regular mail. An emergency civil action submitted by email must include the complaint, civil action cover sheet, and copy of the payment check, simultaneous with submission of the original documents by regular mail. A submission by email may be no longer than 40 pages, and must be attached to the email. Use of cloud-based document services, e.g., Dropbox or Google Docs, is not permitted. Filers are encouraged to contact the Clerk's Office before filing for instructions at 508-228-2559.

Norfolk County Superior Court

Filings are accepted by regular mail, by hand delivery to the drop box at the front door of the Norfolk County Courthouse, or, for emergency matters, by email at Norfolk.clerksoffice@jud.state.ma.us. Filings in non-emergency civil actions are accepted by email, but new actions should be submitted by regular mail or hand delivery to the drop box, if possible. Complaints for emergency equitable orders may be submitted by email, if that is the only option. No new action will be entered, however, until the filing fee is received, so, for any filing submitted by email, the check should be delivered to the Clerk’s Office as soon as possible.

Plymouth County Superior Court

Filings are accepted by regular mail or, for emergency matters, by email to Plymouth.clerksoffice@jud.state.ma.us. Filings in non-emergency matters are accepted by email only if authorized by judicial order

Suffolk County Superior Court — Civil

Filings are accepted by regular mail, by hand delivery to the main lobby of the Suffolk County Courthouse, or, for emergency matters, by email at Suffolkcivil.clerksoffice@jud.state.ma.us.

Suffolk Superior Court Criminal Clerk’s Office - Revised Electronic Filing Policy

(Effective September 14, 2020)

Due to staffing limitations, as of September 14, 2020, the Suffolk Superior Court Criminal Clerk’s Office will no longer accept filings via electronic mail.

All filings should either be mailed to the address below or dropped off in the lobby of the Suffolk County Courthouse. For dropped-off materials, there is a box for the Criminal Clerk’s Office just inside the front door of the courthouse.

Office of the Clerk-Magistrate for Criminal Business
Suffolk Superior Court
Three Pemberton Square, Room 1403
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

Worcester County Superior Court

Filings are accepted by regular mail, eFiling, or, for emergency matters that cannot be eFiled, by email to: Worcester.clerksoffice@jud.state.ma.us.

Date published: June 2, 2020
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