Massachusetts law about the Massachusetts court system

A compilation of information about the Massachusetts and Federal Courts and their rules and procedures, by the Trial Court Law Libraries.
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Massachusetts state courts

Supreme Judicial Court

Appeals Court

Trial Court: Start here to find all other state courts

Specialty Courts
Specialty Courts are problem-solving court sessions that provide court-supervised probation and mandated treatment.

Federal courts in Massachusetts

US Court of Appeals: First Circuit
US District Court: District of Massachusetts
US Bankruptcy Court: District of Massachusetts

Court rules

Massachusetts Court Rules
Federal Court Rules

Cases

Massachusetts Court Opinions

SJC and Appeals Court Docket Information
Provides docket information on cases entered since January 1, 1992 in the SJC, and since January 1, 1988 in the Appeals Court

Trial Court Docket Information
Docket Information from Housing, Land, and Probate and Family Courts

Federal Court Opinions

Selected reports

See also, Statement of the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court Relative to the Report of the Independent Counsel

Access to court records

About the courts and court procedure

Selected print sources

History of the Judiciary of Massachusetts,including the Plymouth and Massachusetts Colonies, the Province of the Massachusetts Bay, and the Commonwealth, by William T. Davis, Boston Book Company, 1900. 

Reflections of the Justices, Judith Fabricant, ed., SJC Historical Society, 2009. 

A short history of the Massachusetts Courts, by Alan J. Dimond, National Center for State Courts, 1975. 

Sketches of the Judicial History of Massachusetts from 1630 to the Revolution in 1775, by Emory Washburn, Little Brown, 1840.

Contact

Phone

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Online

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Address

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Boston, MA 02108
Last updated: August 29, 2018

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