Trial Court job application general information

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Trial Court job application process. The Massachusetts Judicial Branch is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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Applying online

With the online applicant tracking system (ATS), all candidates must apply online. No paper applications will be accepted by fax, email, hand, or mail. After candidates submit their applications using the ATS, the Human Resources Department will screen all applications and forward them to the correct appointing authority.

Using the ATS: You can find the ATS through the Jobs with the Court System page. Click on the appropriate "Search jobs online" button (depending on whether you’re an internal or external candidate) to view open jobs in the online applicant tracking system. Any qualified person can apply to an external posting, this includes current Trial Court employees.

You’ll need to have computer and internet access to apply through the ATS. If you don’t have your own computer, you can use one at your local library, or a Trial Court Law Library. The Trial Court hopes to have computer kiosks available in various courthouses throughout the state in the near future.

Email addresses: You can apply to a job without an email address, but it’s strongly recommended that you have one, as that is how you’ll be notified about the status of your application. You can create a free email account at many online sites, including, or

Please see how to complete your online application questions and answers for more information.


  • Applicants must apply online using the ATS.
  • Applicants must apply during the posting period for the job. Applications submitted after the posting period has ended won’t be accepted.
  • Resumes are required for some, but not all, Trial Court positions. The job posting will say whether it’s required or not. There’s a place to upload your resume in the online applicant tracking system.
  • Only applicants who meet the minimum job qualifications when the job is posted will be considered for the position.

Personal information and confidentiality

Applicant information collected by the ATS is only used for candidate selection for job opportunities at the Massachusetts Trial Court. Only Human Resources Department staff and local appointing authorities will have access to this information. A job applicant's personal information won’t be used for any other purpose besides candidate selection. If this information isn’t subject to record retention requirements of the Trial Court Personnel Policies and Manual (Sec. 4.500), it will be scheduled to be deleted from the ATS and our records.

Only the Human Resources Department and the appointing authority for the vacant position will see the applications for the candidates who applied for the position. Managers and department heads aren’t told that internal candidates are applying for other positions. The appointing authority will receive these applications once the Human Resources Department has screened them.

Appointing authorities

Appointing authorities may receive all applications received from the posting. These applications will be given to appointing authorities separated into "bins" of applicants, such as:

  • Doesn’t meet the minimum qualifications
  • Meets the minimum qualifications
  • Recommended for interview

All previous paper Trial Court employment applications should be recycled. They can’t be used to apply for Trial Court positions anymore.

Contact   for Trial Court job application general information


Massachusetts Trial Court: Human Resources Department
2 Center Plaza, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02108

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