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Archived Daily Court Updates April 27, 2020 - May 1, 2020

Archived daily court updates from the Massachusetts state courts in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Supreme Judicial Court Issues Updated Order, Effective May 4

  • The Supreme Judicial Court today issued an updated order, which will be effective May 4, 2020, regarding the operation of Massachusetts state courts and courthouses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Under the new order, until at least June 1, 2020, all courts of the Commonwealth will continue to conduct court business virtually; courthouses will continue to be closed to the general public, except where entry is required to address emergency matters that cannot be addressed virtually (by telephone, videoconference, email, or comparable means, or through the electronic filing system).

    Jury trials in both criminal and civil cases in state courts are postponed to a date no earlier than July 1, 2020. All bench trials, in both criminal and civil cases are postponed to a date no earlier than June 1, unless they may be conducted virtually by agreement of the parties and of the court. The new order also extends various deadlines. 
  • Press ReleaseSupreme Judicial Court Issues Updated Order Regarding State Court Operations During The Pandemic

Superior Court Issues Administrative Directive No. 20-1

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Supreme Judicial Court Posts Translated Information

  • The SJC has posted translated information on the court's COVID-19 webpage. Translated materials include a recent press release (Spanish and Portuguese) and an SJC Order (Chinese and Portuguese).

Appeals Court Posts Revised Notice

Trial Court Departments Post More Translated Information

  • The Boston Municipal Court and Probate and Family Court have posted additional translated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Boston Municipal Court FAQs are now available in Chinese, Russian, and Vietnamese. Probate and Family Court FAQs are now available in Spanish and Portuguese. Click here to find the translated information.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) Posts COVID-19 Resources

  • LCL has compiled various resources for lawyers, law students, and judges. Topics include staying balanced, maintaining mental health, and working remotely as a lawyer during the pandemic. Click here to access COVID-19 resources.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

District Court Issues Standing Order 5-20

Jury Duty Update

  • The Office of Jury Commissioner has posted updated information for potential jurors. Click here to read the update.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Superior Court Issues Standing Order 6-20

  • The Superior Court has issued Standing Order 6-20: Updated protocol governing Superior Court operations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (effective May 4, 2020). This order rescinds and supersedes Standing Order 4-20.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Trial Court Issues Emergency Administrative Order 20-8

Trial Court Departments Issue Standing Orders, Effective May 4, 2020
The following standing orders regarding court operations during the COVID-19 pandemic are effective May 4, 2020. 

  • Supreme Judicial Court updated order regarding court operations under the exigent circumstances created by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic (issued April 27, 2020, effective May 4, 2020).
  • Boston Municipal Court Standing Order 6-20 (issued May 1, 2020) This order rescinds Boston Municipal Court Standing Order 4-20.
  • District Court Standing Order 5-20 (issued April 28, 2020) This order rescinds and supersedes District Court Standing Order 3-20.
  • Housing Court Standing Order 5-20 (issued May 1, 2020) This order repeals and replaces Housing Court Standing Orders 2-20, 3-20, and 4-20.
  • Juvenile Court Standing Order 6-20 (issued May 1, 2020)  This order rescinds and supersedes Juvenile Court Standing Orders 1-20, 2-20, 3-20, and 4-20.
  • Land Court Standing Order 5-20 (issued May 1, 2020) This order repeals and replaces Land Court Standing Order 4-20.
  • Probate and Family Court Standing Order 2-20 (issued May 1, 2020) This order was amended on May 1, 2020.
  • Superior Court Standing Order 6-20 (issued April 29, 2020) This order rescinds and supersedes Standing Order 4-20.