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Media Contact for Supreme Judicial Court Issues New Order on Public Access to Courthouses and Facilities
Jennifer Donahue and Erika Gully-Santiago
BOSTON, MA — The Supreme Judicial Court today issued an updated order regarding public access to Massachusetts state courthouses and court facilities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The order will go into effect August 3, 2020. The new order is updated to include the restrictions arising from the Governor's Mandatory 14 Day Quarantine Requirement for Travelers Arriving in Massachusetts (COVID--19 Order No. 45) or any updates of that order.
Persons who are required to quarantine under the Governor's order will be prohibited from entering courthouses.
Like the previous orders regarding access to court facilities, the order issued today lists persons who are prohibited from entering and remaining in courthouses and requires persons seeking entry to be subject to a screening process. It also establishes rules that must be followed by persons entering courthouses. Court personnel are governed by separate protocols established by the relevant Trial or Appellate Court.
All orders, standing orders, guidelines, and notices issued by any court department or appellate court in response to the pandemic, as well as all amendments, modifications, and supplements are posted upon issuance on the judiciary's COVID-19 webpage, found here.