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District Court Department Forms & Resources 

Find forms, fees and guidance for proceedings in the District Court

District Court Rules and Standing Orders 

Rules and standing orders that govern practice before the District Court.

Indigency (waiver of court fees) 

If you cannot pay for court fees and costs, you may be able to have the state pay for them.

District Court Appellate Division 

Learn about the Massachusetts District Court Appellate Division and its proceedings.

Small Claims 

Small claims courts provide a simple, informal and inexpensive option for resolving cases where the claim is $7,000 or less.

Traffic Tickets 

Learn how to respond to traffic tickets and what the court process is like.

Extreme Risk Protection Orders 

An Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) is an order from a judge that suspends a person’s license to possess or carry a gun.

Commitment of a Person Abusing Alcohol and/or Drugs (Section 35) 

Find out what a Section 35 petition is, who can request one, who is eligible for one, and what treatment is like.

Understanding the Criminal Court Process 

Find guidance and information to help you understand more about the criminal court process and criminal cases. This information can't replace advice from an attorney.

Representing Yourself in a Civil Case 

A resource of information if you are considering representing yourself in a civil case in a Massachusetts trial court.

Courthouse Locator 

Find out which courts serve your city or town.

Non-Criminal Tickets  

Find out what you need to do if you get a ticket for a non-criminal infraction or violation.

Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation 

The Massachusetts Trial Court offers alternative dispute resolution to assist parties in a settling cases without the need for trial.

Information for Prospective Interpreters for the Courts 

Interpreters looking to work with the Office of Court Interpreter Services must understand the organization's expected ethical standards.

About the Office of Interpreter Services 

Learn more about the Office of Court Interpreter Services here.

Order the Audio of a Court Proceeding 

Learn how to request an audio recording of a court proceeding.

Model Jury Instructions 

The Massachusetts Court System's jury instructions are written statements that explain the jury's role and laws that apply to the specific case.

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