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Archived Daily Court Updates January 18 - 22, 2021

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

Monday, January 18, 2021

Holiday - No updates.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

No new updates today.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

No new updates today.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) federal eviction moratorium extended until March 31, 2021

  • President Joseph Biden issued an Executive Order extending the CDC's federal eviction moratorium until March 31, 2021. COVID-19 eviction information can be found here and the CDC's media statement extending the moratorium can be found here.

Superior Court Statewide Conciliation Program Announced

  • The Superior Court announced a new statewide conciliation program for civil cases beginning January 19, 2021, in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester Counties. The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) Statewide Superior Court Conciliation Program is a collaboration between ACTL and the Essex County Bar Association, which has provided conciliation training, and will administer the program. Members of the ACTL will serve as volunteer conciliators. Participation in the conciliation program is voluntary and without cost to litigants. Interested parties with a civil case pending in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk or Worcester County may request a referral to the program from the session clerk or the judge, or may file a “Request for Referral to American College of Trial Lawyers Statewide Superior Court Conciliation Program” form that is available on the Superior Court forms webpage. Learn more.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Trial Court to Launch $2M Grant to Expand Springfield Drug Court Services

  • At a virtual event on Monday, January 25 at 4 p.m., the Massachusetts Trial Court will launch its MISSION-Springfield Grant, a $2 million, five-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to significantly expand services offered by the Springfield District Court Drug Court. Event speakers will include Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey and Springfield District Court Judge Charles Groce; co-developers of the MISSION model; behavioral health services representatives; and a graduate of the Springfield Drug Court. Speakers will discuss the challenges individuals living with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders face, the new resources that will be available to the Springfield Drug Court, and an explanation of the MISSION model of care, including how it was developed and how it works. Learn more.

Juvenile Court Frequently Asked Questions translated into Portuguese

  • Portuguese FAQs: Perguntas frequentes da Vara da Infância e Juventude sobre COVID-19