Civil Appeals Clinic

Get information about the Civil Appeals Clinic, including location, hours, what to bring, and more.

Remote Appeals Clinic Project - The Volunteer Lawyers Project has launched a remote Appeals Clinic Project.  The remote clinic will be on Wednesdays from 12-4. The first remote clinic date will be April 29th, but the VLP is currently intaking cases for the clinic.  To sign up for the clinic, litigants may call 617-603-1700 or complete an online intake here.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in person services at the Pro Bono Civil Appeals Clinic have been suspended until at least May 6, 2020.  Do not come to John Adams Courthouse to visit the clinic at this time. 

If you have questions about how to appeal a judgment or decision from a trial court, the Civil Appeals Clinic may be able to help. At the Clinic, free attorneys can explain the process for appealing a judgment or decision and answer questions about it. These attorneys also can help you decide if you should appeal a decision. In some cases, your case may be referred for further assistance and representation on the appeal.  The Clinic is run by the Volunteer Lawyers Project and held at the Appeals Court Clerk’s Office on Wednesdays between 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm.

About the clinic

Please be advised that the Civil Appeals Clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys and is limited to low-income persons who qualify for services. You will be screened for income, assets, and case type, among other things, before a volunteer attorney can meet with you. For more information about the screening process, please contact the Eastern Region Legal Intake (ERLI) Helpline at 617-603-1700.

Location and hours

Appeals Court Clerk's Office
First Floor
John Adams Court House
One Pemberton Square, Suite 1200 (Behind Center Plaza)
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

Please Note:  The last clients of the day are seen by Clinic staff at 3:30.

What to bring

Please bring copies of:

  1. the judgment or decision;
  2. any briefs or motions about that judgment/decision; 
  3. the complaint and answer filed in your case;
  4. any papers you have filed to appeal your case; and
  5. any other court papers about the issue you would like to appeal.

If you do not have these papers, you can get them at the Clerk’s Office of the Trial Court involved in your case. 

Please be aware that there are deadlines for filing an appeal, which vary depending on the type of case. You can learn more about these deadlines and find more information about appeals on these websites:

  1. http://www.mass.gov/courts/selfhelp/civil-appeals
  2. http://www.mass.gov/courts/court-info/appealscourt/appeals-court-help-center/self-help-guides-list.html.

In addition, you can call the Eastern Region Legal Intake (ERLI) Helpline at 617-603-1700 to learn more about additional legal resources in the area.  

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