Court system response to COVID-19
As of June 1, 2021, courts have full or near full staffing, as determined by space and work requirements in accordance with safety protocols. Use of masks and social distancing continues. For information and news on Massachusetts state court response to the pandemic, please see Court system response to COVID-19.
About the Massachusetts Court System
The Massachusetts court system consists of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, the Executive Office of the Trial Court, the 7 Trial Court departments, the Massachusetts Probation Service, and the Office of Jury Commissioner. The court system resembles a pyramid. Cases commence in one of the 7 trial court departments, and are first decided there. Cases are initiated in the particular court which has subject matter and geographic jurisdiction over the issues and parties involved.