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Resource  Court system response to COVID-19

News and information on actions Massachusetts state courts took to respond to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Organization: Massachusetts Court System
Date published: August 21, 2020
Last updated: January 9, 2024

COVID-19 and the Courts

While the federal and state COVID-19 public health emergencies expired on May 11, 2023, some orders issued during the COVID-19 pandemic remain in effect. Those orders can be found on this page.  All courts remain open for in-person business. Court operations, including the use of remote hearings, are governed by standing orders issued by individual court departments.

Contacting the court

You can contact the courts by phone

Checking the status of your court case

You can find public case information on MassCourts.org. Please see how to search court dockets online and which types of cases are available to the public online for more information.

If you aren’t sure when your case will be heard or whether your case will be heard in person or virtually, please call your court. You can look up your court’s phone number using the Courthouse Locator.

How to pay court fees

For information on court fees, please see Court Filing Fees & Payment Information.

If you are eFiling, you can pay court fees through eFileMA. Please see Learn about eFiling in the Trial Court for more information.

Jury trials and jury service

Jury trials resumed in Massachusetts state courts on Monday, February 14


A new law provides certain tenant protections applicable in summary process (eviction) cases for nonpayment of rent, including mandatory continuances (pauses) and stays of execution (delayed evictions) pending a rental assistance application.  See St. 2023, c. 28Also, landlords are required to provided additional notice forms in summary process (eviction) cases for nonpayment. See G.L. c. 186, s. 31.

Learn how to get help with housing or housing payments if you are facing eviction.

Tenants and landlords can get legal help and information from the Eviction Diversion Initiative. Please see COVID-19 eviction information to learn more.

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