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There are four ways to find information about court closures:
See additional information about these options below.
Notices of court closures due to weather or other emergencies are also posted as quickly as possible on the Massachusetts Court System homepage.
Subscribe by email to the Trial Court Closure ListServ for court closure announcements, or follow the courts on Twitter @macourtclosings.
The Executive Office will record a message that can be accessed at the following statewide, toll-free telephone number. The Judicial Information Services Department has engineered this single number to accommodate high call volumes from court staff and court users.
1-855-MA COURT (1-855-622-6878)
In accordance with G.L.c.220, §6, the courts of the Commonwealth must be open for court business on all days except Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays.
However, in cases of extreme weather conditions or other emergencies, courts may need to close. A court or court offices will close only in those rare circumstances when the safety of the public or court employees is at risk.
Before closings, the courts will take into account any announcements by the Governor declaring a state of emergency. Such a declaration does not automatically lead to a court closing due to snow. In the event that the Governor declares a state of emergency as a result of the Civil Defense Act, the courts must close.
The Trial Court includes seven court departments (Boston Municipal, District, Superior, Housing, Land, Juvenile, Probate & Family) located in 100 court locations across the state. Emergency conditions may vary the closings required across the area. The Court Administrator consults with the Chief Justice of the Trial Court and the Regional Administrative Justices of the Superior Court to determine if weather or other conditions exist to warrant closure or delayed opening.
(Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court)
John Adams Courthouse: The Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court will determine whether or not the John Adams Courthouse will close due to severe weather or other emergency.
Appeals Court: Should the John Adams Courthouse close due to severe weather or other emergency, the Appeals Court will not be open for business.
Supreme Judicial Court: In the event of Full Court or Single Justice court session cancellations, the Clerk for the Commonwealth or Clerk for Suffolk County will leave a message on their respective general numbers, whenever necessary, indicating whether the session will be held.
In the event of emergency or weather closings, any parties who need to leave an urgent message for the Supreme Judicial Court should contact: