How to search court dockets

Looking for Trial Court case docket information? Find out how to access public electronic court docket information via the Massachusetts Trial Court case access portal and how to use search to find case information.

The portal allows you to find case information, including party, event, docket, and disposition details. Depending on the court department and case type, you may be able to see case documentsTo obtain the official public record of the Trial Court, which will include hard copies of the public case documents, visit the Clerk, Register, or Recorder's office where the case was filed. For rules about what the Trial Court can make available remotely, please see Uniform Rules on Public Access to Court Records Rule 5: Remote access to electronic court records.

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Where can I access the portals?

At a courthouse

To access the intranet portal, you'll need a public terminal computer, which you can find at any Massachusetts courthouse or County Registry of Deeds sites. Trial Court case information is available at designated public access computers located in DistrictBoston MunicipalProbate and FamilySuperiorHousing, and Land Courts and County Registry of Deeds sites.

At home

To access the internet portal, you can use any computer that has access to the internet.  

Note that we also have an attorney portal that is available for Massachusetts attorneys. See Instructions for using the eAccess Attorney Portal.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.masscourts.org.  The home page states Welcome to Massachusetts Trial Court Case Access.
    Home screen for Trial Court Case Access
    Figure 1. Massachusetts Trial Court Case Access

2. Check the I’m not a robot checkbox.

3. Click the button labeled Click Here to search public records.

Using the search screen

  1. Complete the search fields.
    1. Court Department:  Select the court department.  As soon as you select it, other fields appear.
    2. Court Division:  Select the court division.
    3. Court Location:  If options appear, select the court location.  Depending on the court, this field may populate automatically.
    4. Number of Results:  Optional.  You can change the number of search results that appear. 
Trial Court Case Access Search Screen
Figure 2. Massachusetts Trial Court Case Access - Search Screen
  1. You see four tabs:  Name, Case Type, Case Number, Ticket/Citation Number. 
Search Screen Tabs
Figure 3. Massachusetts Trial Court Case Access - Search Screen Tabs

Searching by case number

If you know the case number (also known as the docket number), the Case Number tab provides the easiest way to find your case.

  1. Click the Case Number Search tab.
  2. Case Number:  You must enter the exact match, with correct capitalization, spacing, and leading zeros.  For example:

Land                                  07 TL 134560

Probate & Family             PL14E0125QC

District                               1153CV000005

Housing                             08H77SP000890

BMC                                  1504CV000002

Superior                            1473CV00213

Click the hyperlinks to see more examples of case numbers for each court.

  1. Click Search
Case Number Tab
Figure 4. Massachusetts Trial Court Case Access - Case Number Tab​​​

Searching by case type

If you don’t know the case number, you can use the Case Type tab to search for cases initiated in a specified 30-day period.

  1. Click the Case Type Search tab.
  2. Complete the following fields.
    1. Begin Date field:  Click the calendar icon to select the desired starting date.
    2. End Date field:  Click the calendar icon to select the desired ending date. The date range cannot exceed one month.  
    3. Case Type:  In the Case Type selection box, select the desired case type.
  3. Click Search
Case Type Tab
Figure 5. Massachusetts Trial Court Case Access - Case Type Tab

Searching by name (civil cases only)

  1. On the Name tab, complete the following fields.
    1. Last Name:  Enter the last name, formatting it with an initial capital letter followed by lower case letters.  The system requires two characters.
    2. First Name:  Enter the first name, formatting it with an initial capital letter followed by lower case letters.  The system requires one character.
    3. Company Name:  If a company is involved, enter the company instead of the last name and first name of a party.
  2. Click Search.
Name Tab
Figure 6. Massachusetts Trial Court Case Access - Name Tab

Using the search results

The search results look similar to the figure shown below. 

Search Results Screen
Figure 7. Massachusetts Trial Court Case Access - Search Results Screen

If you don’t see your case immediately, take the following steps.

  1. In the lower left, find the total results retrieved and the number of items displayed per page. 
     
    total results retrieved
  2. In the lower right, you see a navigation bar.
     
    navigation bar

    Use the navigation bar to navigate through the pages.
     
  3. Click the column headers to sort the search results.
    Tip:  The red up/down arrows next to the column headers indicate ascending/ descending order.

Each retrieved record represents a party in a case.  Therefore, case numbers may appear multiple times in the search results.

To get more information about the case, click the case hyperlink.

Printing

In the upper-right, click the print icon.

Reporting errors

If you see an error in the case data, please:

1. Complete the Request for Correction form, and save the form as a PDF.

2. Email the Request for Correction PDF to the court department email address.

You can also print the Request for Correction form and mail it to the court or bring it to the court in person. See Courthouse Locator.

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Last updated: November 8, 2023

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