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The Superior Court, the trial court of general jurisdiction for Massachusetts, is committed to delivering high quality justice in a timely and fair manner in accordance with the rule of law. The court's 82 justices sit in 20 courthouses in all 14 counties of the Commonwealth. The Superior Court has original jurisdiction in civil actions over $50,000 and in matters where equitable relief is sought. We also have original jurisdiction in actions including labor disputes where injunctive relief is sought, have exclusive authority to convene medical malpractice tribunals, have appellate jurisdiction over certain administrative proceedings, and may hold sittings for naturalization in any city or town. We have exclusive original jurisdiction of first-degree murder cases and original jurisdiction of all other crimes.