Courthouse closures due to COVID-19
Massachusetts courts are open for emergency matters, but the courthouses are closed to the public. During normal court hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Massachusetts trial courts shall conduct all emergency matters as defined in department standing orders virtually (i.e., by telephone, videoconference, email, or comparable means, or through the electronic filing system) without the physical presence of the parties, counsel, or other members of the public.
For more detail, please consult Trial Court Emergency Administrative Order 20-8: Trial Court Order supplementing the Supreme Judicial Court Order regarding court operations under the exigent circumstances created by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic effective May 4, 2020.
If you need to contact a court for an emergency matter, please call the Trial Court Help Line at 1-833-91COURT.
Below is information on courthouse status for Trial Court employees assigned to work at a courthouse during this period of emergency operations.