Visiting a court
- You may go to a courthouse to:
- attend in-person court proceedings
- conduct in-person business with a clerk's, register's, or recorder's office
- meet with a probation officer or probation staff person; or
- conduct business at other offices that are open to the public and located in a courthouse.
- You should self-screen before coming to court. View the Self-screening checklist for entering Massachusetts courts during COVID-19
- You may want to make an appointment to facilitate your visit
- You may bring your cell phone or electronic device to all courthouses
- Courts may provide a drop-box in a secure and accessible location at the courthouse entrance to deliver pleadings or documents for filing
- When you arrive, you will be asked a short series of health screening questions
- Your temperature will be taken with a contactless thermometer
- You must wear a mask at all times in the courthouse and observe social distancing; any accommodation requested exception for health reasons related to the wearing of a mask or face covering will be referred to the court’s ADA coordinator. It is suggested that you contact the court in advance to discuss such a request.
- The number of people in a courthouse, or in a specific area of the courthouse, will be limited to ensure social distancing. You may need to wait in another area, if a clerk’s office has reached capacity.
- Trial Court cleaning protocols comply with CDC Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities.
- If you have any questions, please call or email the court directly. Or call the Trial Court Help Line at 833-91-COURT from 8:30-4:30; Spanish & Portuguese Interpreters are available
For translated information, please see:
Specific information for each court department
|Date published:||July 10, 2020|
|Last updated:||February 17, 2021|