- Massachusetts Court System
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Media Contact for Courts Continue Emergency-Only Operations
Jennifer Donahue and Erika Gully-Santiago
BOSTON, MA — Governor Charlie Baker today issued an order minimizing non-essential activities outside of home for effect on Tuesday, March 24 at noon. Section 4a of the Order confirms that it does not apply to the Judiciary.
As detailed in a Supreme Judicial Court Order and Trial Court Standing Orders issued on March 17, 2020, courts continue to operate on an emergency-only basis. Courts are closed to the public except to address emergency matters. Whenever possible, these emergency matters, such as restraining orders and juvenile protection cases, are being conducted by telephone or videoconference.
Court leaders are coordinating emergency staffing levels and Court Officers are ensuring public and staff safety through a variety of measures. Court Officers are working at entrances to courthouses and screening the public for those emergency matters that cannot be handled by telephone or videoconference. Courts have created designated six-foot distance boundaries from any counters. Facilities are cleaned thoroughly each day with industrial cleaning supplies.
All updates regarding the court system's response to the COVID-19 pandemic are available on the court's website: https://www.mass.gov/guides/court-system-response-to-covid-19.