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This resource is for people who are considering representing themselves in a civil case in a Massachusetts trial court. It is intended to provide an overview of the court process in a civil case and direct you to resources. In order to decide if this book might be helpful, you will need to determine if your case is civil or criminal.
Once you have determined that your case is a civil case, you will need to determine in which court the case belongs. This requires an understanding of some complex laws and court rules.
There are two types of trial courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State and Federal. Some cases can be decided only in State court, some can be decided only in Federal court, and some can be decided in either State or Federal court. You need to find out if your case belongs in State or Federal court.
If you determine that your civil case belongs in State court, then you will need to decide in which court department and division (location) your case belongs.
Seven departments make up the Massachusetts Trial Court. Each decides different kinds of cases. Which types of cases each court department can decide is established by law. The seven Trial Court departments are:
Each department has a number of divisions, or locations, each covering a specific geographic area.
If you decide to proceed with a civil case in a department of the Massachusetts Trial Court, you will need to decide whether to work with a lawyer or not. You have the right to represent yourself in court. If you are thinking about proceeding without a lawyer, you should know that representing yourself in court may be difficult and will require research, time, and knowledge of the case law, applicable statutes, procedures, standing orders and a variety of other rules that govern the court process.
There are very limited situations, such as a civil commitment or a termination of parental rights, in which the court might appoint a lawyer to represent you in a civil case. This book is not designed to assist people in these limited situations.
If you want to hire a lawyer to represent you, but think you cannot afford one, this book will provide information about:
If you are thinking about representing yourself in court, this book will provide information about:
If you decide to represent yourself, you will be held to the same standards and will be expected to know and follow the same rules as a lawyer representing a client.