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 http://www.lawlib.state.ma.us/subject/about/cori.html . 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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28, Jul 2014 - Judge approves Aaron Hernandez jail move
A Massachusetts judge granted a defense request Monday to transfer ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez to a jail closer to his lawyers in Boston as he awaits trial on murder charges.
28, Jul 2014 - Schneiderman: Abortion buffer zones intact
By MICHAEL VIRTANEN ALBANY — New York's attorney general told police July 10 that legal buffer zones around abortion clinics are intact in 22 of the state's counties despite the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 35-foot protest-free zone outside clinics in Massachusetts.
28, Jul 2014 - Suffolk, MA State highlights: Public comments on Mass. hospital deal; Wash. insurance case brings allegations;
Quite an "only in Massachusetts" moment. Patriots owner Robert Kraft and leaders of Raytheon, Suffolk Construction and Putnam Investments have all filed letters in support of an anti-trust agreement that would not normally see the light of day before a judge approves the deal. The opposition includes public health professors, a group of top economists and politicians battling Attorney General ...
28, Jul 2014 - Framingham, MA Lawsuit seeks to end use of correctional facilities for addicts
BOSTON — Arguing that innocent women are being treated worse than prisoners, the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit to end the state's practice of committing drug and alcohol addicted women to a Framingham...
28, Jul 2014 - Courts deal Coakley twin defeats
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley had a tough week.
28, Jul 2014 - Elkhart County Sheriff's Department warns of phone scam
A women in Elkhart County was part of a scam where she lost over 4,000 dollars.The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department took a report where an 86 year old victim received a phone call from a person claiming to be her grandson.The "grandson" indicated he had been incarcerated in a Massachusetts jail and needed bond money. He guided the victim through the process of placing money onto MoneyPak ...
28, Jul 2014 - Framingham, MA ACLU sues over sending drug addicts to Framingham prison
BOSTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts filed a lawsuit Monday aiming to end the state’s practice of committing drug and alcohol addicted women to a Framingham correctional facility. "As Governor Deval Patrick has acknowledged, we are actually the only state that incarcerates people who are suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol, who [...]
28, Jul 2014 - Mass. moves on abortion clinic bill: How is it different from buffer zone law? (+video)
The US Supreme Court last month struck down Massachusetts’ 35-foot buffer zones. A new bill allows police to order individuals to withdraw if they substantially impede access to an abortion clinic.
28, Jul 2014 - Massachusetts bill limiting protests at abortion clinics goes to governor
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A bill to limit demonstrations around Massachusetts abortion clinics passed the state's House of Representatives on Wednesday and headed to Governor Deval Patrick. Patrick, a Democrat, called for new measures after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that a 2007 state law barring protesters from coming within 35 feet (11 meters) of reproductive health ...
28, Jul 2014 - Springfield Man Sentenced for Prostituting Disabled Teen
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Springfield man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for taking a developmentally delayed girl from Massachusetts to a motel in Rhode Island and selling her for sex. According to the U.S Attorney’s Office District of Rhode Island, Stephen Ardrey, 30, of Springfield, took a 17-year-old girl from the Boston area to Rhode Island in Sept. 2013 after talking to the girl in an ...
28, Jul 2014 - Massachusetts teenager charged in October killing in court on assault charge
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts teenager accused of raping and murdering a teacher at his former high school appeared in a Boston court on Wednesday to face charges of stalking and attacking a female staffer at the detention center where he is awaiting trial. Philip Chism, 15, was charged with following a Department of Youth Services staff worker into a bathroom last month ...
28, Jul 2014 - New Hampshire law creating clinic buffers is target of lawsuit
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A conservative religious group has sued the state of New Hampshire to block a law from taking effect later this week that would establish 25-foot buffer zones around clinics offering abortions. The Alliance Defending Freedom said in papers filed in federal court that last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision knocking down a Massachusetts law establishing ...
27, Jul 2014 - Insanity defense planned in 2013 Boston killing
BOSTON (AP) -- The lawyer for a man accused of killing a western Massachusetts native living in Boston and attacking three other women last year plans an insanity defense.
27, Jul 2014 - Missouri man gets 14 years in sex trafficking case - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News,
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Missouri man was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison for taking a developmentally delayed teenage girl from Massachusetts to a motel in Rhode Island, where he sold her to a man for $40 and two packs of cigarettes to use for sex.
27, Jul 2014 - Massachusetts judge OKs moving ex-NFLer Hernandez to Boston jail
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge agreed on Monday to transfer former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez to a state jail near Boston and closer to his lawyers as he prepares for two trials where he will face charges of murdering three men. Prosecutors raised no objection to moving Hernandez from the Bristol jail, which is about 50 miles (80 km) south of ...
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