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What happens when I get to Probate and Family Court for a hearing?

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed March 2022

When you get to court for your hearing, ask a court officer or clerk where you should go. Sometimes they tell you the courtroom to go to and sometimes they tell you to check-in at the Probation Office. Some people call the Probation Office the “Family Service Office.”

If you are concerned for your safety while you are in the courthouse, tell a court officer. Ask them how you can stay safe while you are in the building.

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