The COVID-19 (coronavirus). Massachusetts court systems.

News and information on actions being taken by Massachusetts state courts in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

The COVID-19 (coronavirus), global pandemic has not spared the Massachusetts court systems. Starting on March 13, 2020, the Supreme Judicial Court as well as the Massachusetts trial courts began issuing standing orders about how the court system will work for the near future. Here are some of the highlights as of the writing of this post:
All trial courts will be closed to the public, including defendants, from March 16, 2020 through April 3, 2020. The exception to this is only emergency hearings that cannot be conducted through video or telephone.
All jury trials will be cancelled from March 16, 2020 through April 24, 2020.
All non-custody cases that were scheduled for a date between March 16, 2020 and May 1, 2020 will be continued for at least 60 days.
These rules will affect some cases differently, but for most people that have ongoing cases, it means one thing: you will not have court until at least May 4, 2020. So far each court has been choosing new dates in different ways, but it is important to reach out to your attorney to see how they will get your new date.


Please see the latest list of temporary court closures.

Courts temporarily closed, reopening dates, and courts handling emergency matters:


Boston Juvenile Court

Central Division of the BMC

Charlestown Division of the BMC

Eastern Housing Court

Roxbury Division, Boston Municipal Court

Suffolk Probate & Family Court



Friday, April 3rd

Friday, April 3rd

Monday, April 6th

Friday, April 3rd

Monday, April 6th

Friday, April 3rd




East Boston Division of the BMC
East Boston Division of the BMC

West Roxbury Division of the BMC


Dudley District Court


Friday, April 3rd

Framingham / Natick

Framingham District Court

Natick District Court


Reopening date pending


Lynn District Court

Reopening date pending


Peabody District Court

North Adams

Northern Berkshire District Court


Thursday, April 2nd

Pittsifield District Court


Wareham District Court


Friday, April 3rd


Plymouth District Court


Westborough District Court


Monday, April 13th

If you have been charged with a crime, call Attorney Sergey Mikhlin today to schedule a free consultation. Attorney Sergey Mikhlin is also available for phone, Skype, or FaceTime. (508) 271-7781

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