The Massachusetts Trial Court is expanding walk-in Court Service Centers across Massachusetts. Court Service Centers help people navigate the court system. Centers are open whenever the courts are open, and are available to all court users without attorneys. All of the services in the Court Service Center are free, but there may be other fees associated with your case, such as filing fees.
Court Service Centers are now open at 6 courthouses:
Which services are available?
Court Service Centers offer:
- Computers with access to online resources that are available on a first-come, first-served basis
- One-on-one help filling out court forms
- Information about court rules, procedures, and practices
- Court documents and written instructions
- Access to interpreter services
- Assistance with legal research
- Contact information for community resources, legal assistance programs, and social service agencies
Some forms and self-help materials are available in multiple languages. If you don't speak English well, you have the right to an interpreter at no cost to you. Ask court staff for an interpreter and they'll provide one for you.
Can staff at the Centers give legal advice?
Court Service Center staff can give legal information, but not legal advice. Legal information includes answering questions about how the court works and the different options available to you. The staff can't help decide what you should do or predict what will happen in a case. Court staff may give information to all parties to a case, and can't act as your attorney.