Courts in Massachusetts
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Massachusetts's trial courts include its District Courts and Massachusetts Municipal Courts. Both of these courts hear a variety of cases including those involving torts, contracts, and small claims, as well as other types of civil cases. Massachusetts also has four specialized trial courts: its Juvenile Courts, Housing Courts, Land Courts, and Probate & Family Courts. The Massachusetts Superior Court also holds jury trials and handles higher-valued civil cases and cases resulting from both felony and misdemeanor charges. The Massachusetts Court's appellate system consists of its Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

If you're trying to find out if someone has a criminal record in Massachusetts, you can see the Massachusetts's Trial Court's criminal records information page at . Here you can obtain information relating to the availability of and access to these records. Most criminal records are made available to the public. If you're seeking Massachusetts court records related to civil cases, it's best to contact the court that handled the case, as policies can vary regarding record retrieval. However, most Massachusetts court documents are considered public record.
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26, Mar 2015 - Boston, MA Chief justice, top prosecutor differ on drug sentenced
One of the highest profile prosecutors in Massachusetts has delivered a sharp rebuke to a plan by the state's chief justice to abolish mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses.
26, Mar 2015 - AG Healey urges Supreme Court to uphold EPA power plant rule
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a federal rule aimed at reducing mercury and other pollutants from coal and oil-fired electric power plants.
26, Mar 2015 - Suffolk, MA Former lobbyist charged with defrauding state pension system
BOSTON — An ex-lobbyist serving a federal prison sentence in the corruption case involving former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi was indicted on unrelated charges that he defrauded the state's pension system, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday. A Suffolk County grand jury charged Richard McDonough, 69, with procurement fraud and presentation of a false claim, Healey said.
26, Mar 2015 - Boston, MA Lawsuit seeks strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions
BOSTON — Lawyers representing four teenagers and an environmental advocacy group are asking a judge to order Massachusetts regulators to begin adopting strict limits on the emissions of greenhouse gases. Lawyers for the Conservation Law Foundation and the Boston and Wellesley teenagers argued Monday in Suffolk County Superior Court that the state has failed to live up to its 2008 Global Warming ...
26, Mar 2015 - Suffolk, MA Jury in Hernandez trial won't hear of Florida shooting
A Massachusetts appeals court on Friday denied the latest effort by prosecutors in Aaron Hernandez's murder trial to allow testimony about a former friend who claimed the ex-NFL star shot him in the face after an argument in Florida in 2013.
26, Mar 2015 - Salem, MA N.H. man found dead in apparent jail suicide
MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — Officials say an inmate from New Hampshire apparently took his own life in his county jail cell in Massachusetts.
26, Mar 2015 - Haverhill, MA Evidence largely survives legal challenge in Hampstead home invasion case
A judge has decided that prosecutors will be able to use a cell phone and guns seized from a car during the trial of a Massachusetts man charged with taking part in a violent home invasion.
26, Mar 2015 - Suffolk, MA American Football - Jury in ex-NFL star's murder trial won't hear of Florida shooting
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26, Mar 2015 - Fall River, MA Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter named one of state's lawyers of the year
Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter has been selected as one of 12 Massachusetts Lawyers of the Year for 2014 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
26, Mar 2015 - SJC: Garsh made right decision to bar Paradis testimony in Aaron Hernandez trial
The members of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court have upheld a single justice's ruling that the judge in the Aaron Hernandez trial was correct to bar the testimony of a friend of Hernandez's.According to the opinion released Thursday morning, the SJC agreed with the single justice's ruling that the Bristol County District Attorney's office failed to make a compelling [...]
26, Mar 2015 - Massachusetts denies parole to murderer who hid in Chicago for 20 years
A man convicted of murder in Massachusetts, who escaped from prison and spent 20 years as an activist and poet in Chicago, has been denied parole.
26, Mar 2015 - Baker, Healey join filings of pro-gay marriage briefs
BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and state Attorney General Maura Healey were among those joining in briefs filed Friday that urge the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down remaining state bans on gay marriage. The high court is scheduled to hear a case on April 28 that could decide whether same-sex couples can marry nationwide. Baker, who took office Jan. 8, is the only sitting governor ...
26, Mar 2015 - Middlesex, MA Jurors in bombing trial see autopsy photos of MIT officer
A medical examiner has testified that a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer killed days after the Boston Marathon bombing died of gunshot wounds to the head, including one shot between his eyes.
26, Mar 2015 - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial sees bomb-making ingredients found inside Boston bombers' home
More than 100 pieces of evidence from inside the Boston bombers' home in Cambridge, Massachusetts were displayed in court on Wednesday.
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