The Superior Court Department is a statewide court that handles criminal and civil actions.
Superior Court remote services
The Superior Court has posted protocols and tips for lawyers and self-represented litigants attending remote hearings. To learn more about these remote services and how remote hearings work, please see the page Remote court services.
To see daily judicial schedules for each court, find the page for your court location and click View Daily List.
Who we serve
The Superior Court is a trial court of general jurisdiction for Massachusetts, and is committed to delivering high-quality justice with dignity and speed. The court's 82 justices sit in 20 courthouses in all 14 state counties.
The Superior Court has exclusive original jurisdiction of first-degree murder cases, and has original jurisdiction of:
- All other crimes
- Civil actions over $50,000
- Matters where parties are seeking equitable relief
- Actions including labor disputes where parties are seeking injunctive relief
The Superior Court also has exclusive authority to convene medical malpractice tribunals, has appellate jurisdiction over certain administrative proceedings, and may hold naturalization sittings in any city or town.