The Massachusetts trial court system consists of Superior Courts, District Courts, Probate and Family Courts, Housing Courts, Juvenile Courts, Boston Municipal Courts, and Land Court. For more information on which types of cases each court oversees, compare Massachusetts courts. Below is a directory of court locations in Suffolk County. Links for online court records and other free court resources are provided for each court, where available.
If you’re not sure which court you’re looking for, learn more about the Massachusetts court system. Superior Courts in Suffolk County 1 Suffolk County Superior Court Suffolk County Courthouse3 Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108 Phone: 617-788-8175 (Civil) Phone: 617-788-8160 (Criminal)Fax: 617-788-7798 (Criminal) Suffolk County Superior Court has jurisdiction over the cases for the cities and towns of Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.
District Courts in Suffolk County 2 Chelsea District Court 120 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150 Phone: 617-660-9200Fax: 617-660-9215 Chelsea District Court has jurisdiction over cases for the cities of Chelsea and Revere. Probate and Family Courts in Suffolk County 3 Suffolk Probate and Family Court Edward W. Brooke Courthouse24 New Chardon Street, Boston, MA 02114 Phone: 617-788-8301Fax: 617-788-8962 The Suffolk Probate and Family Court has jurisdiction over Boston, Brighton, Charlestown, Chelsea, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Revere, Roslindale, South Boston, and Winthrop.
Housing Courts in Suffolk County 4 Boston Housing Court Edward W. Brooke Courthouse24 New Chardon Street, Boston, MA 02114 Phone: 617-788-8485Fax: 617-788-8981 Juvenile Courts in Suffolk County 5 Suffolk Juvenile Court Edward W. Brooke Courthouse24 New Chardon Street, Boston, MA 02114 Phone: 617-788-8525Fax: 617-788-8991 Boston Municipal Courts in Suffolk County 6 Brighton Division 52 Academy Hill Road, Brighton, MA 02135 Phone: 617-782-6540 ext.
5Fax: 617-254-2127 This court has jurisdiction over Allston and Brighton.7 Central Division Edward W. Brooke Courthouse24 New Chardon Street, Boston, MA 02114 Phone: 617-788-8600Fax: 617-788-8465 This court has jurisdiction over the Downtown area, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, North End, South End (through Massachusetts Avenue), and West End.8 Charlestown Division 3 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129 Phone: 617-242-5400 ext.
1Fax: 617-242-1677 This court has jurisdiction over Charlestown.9 Dorchester Division 510 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124 Phone: 617-288-9500 ext. 6Fax: 617-436-8250 This court has jurisdiction over Dorchester.10 East Boston Division 37 Meridian Street, East Boston, MA 02128 Phone: 617-569-7550 ext. 5Fax: 617-561-4988 This court has jurisdiction over East Boston, Winthrop, Logan Airport, and the Sumner and Callahan Tunnels.
11 Roxbury Division 85 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119 Phone: 617-427-7000 ext. 1Fax: 617-541-0286 This court has jurisdiction over Roxbury.12 South Boston Division 535 East Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127 Phone: 617-268-9292Fax: 617-268-7321 This court has jurisdiction over South Boston.13 West Roxbury Division 445 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Phone: 617-971-1200 ext. 1Fax: 617-983-0243 This court has jurisdiction over Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, parts of Mattapan and Mission Hill, Roslindale, and West Roxbury.
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Many of your questions regarding the arrest and prosecution process may be answered by reading the New York State Criminal Justice System Handbook. The handbook was designed to help you understand how the criminal justice system works in New York State, but it is not specific to Suffolk District Court. Recorded information is available at 631 208-5775. Court staff will answer inquiries during normal business hours if you follow the automated prompts.
updated 21 August, 2012 When is my next court date? Your next court date was written on a blue "Notice to Appear" form at your last court date. If you know the name of the defendant, or the docket number of the case, use WebCrims. This system does not show Bench or Arrest Warrants or finished cases. To search by name, you need to know at least the first three letters of the defendants last name and the first two letters of the defendants first name.
When searching by "calendar," choose "Criminal Court" for Court field, use the courtroom number for Court Part field (for example, D31 or D44), not the Judge Name. If you think the case is still open, and you cannot find the next date with WebCrims, you should call the court at 631 208-5775 to speak to court staff during normal business hours, or see below regarding vacating warrants. Can I view a Court Calendar online? Anyone can view today's calendared cases and any future calendars on the WebCrims site.
Log in as Guest. Past calendars are not available to the public on the internet. Other agencies may view completed calendars through our secure site. How do I get an Order of Protection? An Order of Protection is a court order requiring a person to refrain from doing certain acts against another person. If you are a victim or a witness, you should contact the District Attorney's Office. In District Court, a criminal action must be filed with the court (which usually means the defendant was arrested or given an appearance ticket, and the complaints were filed with the court by the police).
A victim or witness may request an order of protection when the person is arraigned - the District Attorney in the courtroom will need to know before the arraignment that you want an Order of Protection. If you need an Order of Protection and the person was issued an appearance ticket (released from the police and told to appear on a future date for arraignment in court), get a copy of the police report and complaint from the officer or the precinct, and inform the police that you want an Order of Protection.
The police will need to file paperwork with the court before you can get an Order of Protection from the court. If you need an Order of Protection and the person was not arrested or not charged with any crime or offense, call the police to file a complaint. If you are related to or live with the person, you might be a victim of Domestic Violence. What are my rights as a Victim of Domestic Violence? How can I change the conditions of my Order of Protection? If you are the defendant (the enjoined party on an Order of Protection), and your case is still pending, and you want to change the conditions of an Order of Protection, you must consult with your attorney.
If you are a witness or victim (a protected party on an Order of Protection), and the case is still pending, and you want to modify the conditions on an Order of Protection, you must contact the District Attorney's Office (See also What are my rights as a Victim of Domestic Violence?) If the defendant was convicted, pled guilty, or otherwise has an order of protection and no future court date, and you want to modify the terms of the order of protection, you may submit a written request to the court - appear at window #2 in room D220 in the Cohalan Court Complex during normal business hours.
Based on your written request, the case will be restored to the calendar for a future date, when the judge will decide if the Order of Protection should be modified. How do I get bail money back? Once the court case is disposed (when the case is dismissed, or the defendant is convicted and sentenced), and the defendant made all court appearances as directed, bail is exonerated and returned to the person who posted the bail, minus a 3% fee.
The process generally takes eight weeks after the case is disposed and the money is returned. Bail money is returned from the Suffolk County Treasurer. If the defendant did not appear in court as directed, and a warrant was issued, bail was forfeited. You might be able to get the bail money back if the Court orders the bail remitted after a CPL540.30 motion. How can I make payment of a fine? You may pay fines, surcharges, and fees: by mail by timely mailing a check or money order payable to the Clerk of the District Court.
If your check is not honored by the bank, there will be an additional $20 fee and the immediate entry of a default judgment. in person at the courthouse on or before the "to pay" date at window 5, 6, or 7 in room D220 (on the second floor) by cash, check, or credit card (Visa or MasterCard - with photo identification). What happens if I do not pay the fine or fees? Generally, if you do not pay the fine or fee, the Court (on behalf of the People of the State of New York) enters a judgment against you in the County Clerk's office and suspends your drivers license.
The court may also issue a warrant for your arrest. If you do not pay a fine imposed by the court, within the time ordered, you may be imprisoned. If you are unable to pay a fine, you may ask the court, to be resentenced. The Court may not waive certain surcharges or fees. You may tell the court that payment of the surcharges or fees will be an unreasonable hardship on you or your immediate family, and the court may defer payment and enter a civil judgment.
You may be imprisoned for up to fifteen days for your failure to pay certain surcharges and fees. If you do not pay what you owe, or if you do not appear in court to request more time to pay, a civil judgment against you will be entered and docketed with the Suffolk County Clerk (or the Clerk of the County in which you reside), and your drivers license may be suspended, and a warrant may be issued for your arrest.
How do I get an official record of what happened to my court case? You might need a Certificate of Disposition or a Certified Transcript. You can buy one from the court by coming to the courthouse - bring photo identification, $5, and as much information about the case you can get (case or docket number, date of disposition, offenses charged, date of arrest, copies of charges, etc). You may also request a Certificate of Disposition or a Certified Transcript by mail - follow the instructions on form DC-411.
If the case was sealed, you may need additional paperwork, for example, if you were adjudicated a Youthful Offender, you need a Court Order to release the transcript - submit form DC-75 with DC-411 ; if your case was terminated in your favor and sealed (like after an acquittal or dismissal), and you want a Certified Transcript of Certificate of Disposition mailed to you, you need to submit form DC-412 with DC-411; if the case was sealed after an acquittal or dismissed and sealed, and you want to authorize someone to be your agent to access the sealed records, you need to submit form DC-413 with DC-411 .
How do I appeal? Within 30 days from the date of sentence, you or your attorney must file 2 copies of a Notice of Appeal with the Appeals Clerk, Suffolk County District Court, 400 Carleton Avenue, Central Islip NY 11722; and you must serve one copy of the Notice of Appeal on the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Bureau, Cromarty Criminal Court Complex, 200 Center Drive, Riverhead, NY 11901.
If you appeared before the court pro se (without an attorney, self-represented, or on your own behalf), and you timely indicate in writing to the Clerk of the Court (see the bottom of the form DC-16) a desire to appeal, the Clerk will prepare and serve and file an appropriate notice on your behalf. You have the right, upon proof of your financial inability to retain counsel and to pay the costs and expenses of the appeal, to apply to the Appellate Term of the Supreme Court, for the assignment of counsel, for leave to prosecute the appeal as a poor person, and to dispense with printing costs.
Written instructions for perfecting a criminal appeal are available from the Appellate Term Clerks Office. You must perfect your appeal within 120 days from the date of sentence. How do I get a verbatim transcript of a court proceeding? (A verbatim transcript is a printed version of everything said at a court proceeding. A clerk's transcript of judgment is a court form, usually filed with the county clerk to collect money from a person).
When requesting a verbatim transcript, you should have the name of the case, case number, location of the proceeding, and date of the proceeding, and time stamp or meter reading of the proceeding (if a digital recording machine was used). Most court proceedings are recorded either by a Court Reporter sitting in the courtroom writing down what is said in the courtroom or by a digital recording machine.
To have a transcript produced of a District Court proceeding which was recorded by a Court Reporter: tell the reporter at the proceeding that you need a transcript, or call the court reporters office (631)853-5418, or fax your request to the court reporters office (631) 853-7854 . To have a transcript produced of an electronically recorded court proceeding, you may contact one of the transcription services listed on the list of Electronic Recording Transcription Services.
This list of transcription services may also be found at courthouse public information windows. These services are not employees of the Unified Court System, they are independent contractors and establish their own rates - price per page varies. They will either take the required information and contact the Court, or ask you to contact the court and arrange to have the recording sent to the contractor.
If you have any questions regarding a verbatim transcript from a Suffolk County District Court matter, please contact: Ron Gorman, Supervising Court Reporter, (631) 853-5418. How do I schedule a video conference with a defendant in jail? Call 852-3356 - the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office. Attorneys may make arrangements to talk to their clients who are in custody in the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverhead and the Yaphank Correctional Facility via video conference by calling the Office of the Sheriff at 631-852-3356.
Video conferences may be scheduled for either that same day or for a date in the future. The meetings will be scheduled at fifteen minute increments starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 3:45 p.m. Attorneys interested in video conferencing must go to the Cohalan Court Complex in Central lslip or the Cromarty Court Complex in Riverhead. An attorney scheduled for a video conference at the Cohalan Court Complex should ontact the Court Officer assigned to the fourth floor of the District Court Building in order to gain access to the video conference room.
If you are unable to access the video conference room or make contact with a Court Officer dial 853-4630. At the Cromarty Court Complex they should check-in at the clerk's window on the second floor. Attorneys may be required to produce identification and sign a log. Every effort will be made to produce defendants in as little as one hour; however unexpected occurrences may delay appointment start times and or duration.
lf you have any questions regarding the use of the system or wish to see the facilities which attorneys will be using, please contact Major Len Badia at (631) 853-4630. May students observe arraignments or trials? Yes, unless the Judge has sealed the courtroom, the public may observe any criminal proceeding in any District Court courtroom. If you are interested in a jury trial, check with the central jury room on the 2nd floor, District Court building, and ask one of the staff if there is a jury trial scheduled.
If you want to observe arraignments of defendants that are in police custody, go to courtroom D11 on the first (ground) floor. When you enter a courtroom, try to get the attention of the Court Clerk or a Court Officer and explain that you are observing for a class project. Reading the criminal justice system handbook and this criminal court FAQ page before you come to court will help you understand what is going on in the courtroom.
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