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COVID-19 and Court and Administrative Hearings

Reviewed June 2022

In Massachusetts courts

Courthouses are open, but the court is still hearing some cases over the phone or over video.

Do not go into court if you:

  • Tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 5 days, or
  • Are waiting for COVID-19 test results after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or
  • Have been told to isolate or quarantine, or
  • Have COVID-19 symptoms, or
  • Are not up to date on vaccinations and have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 within the past 5 days.

What if the court does not allow me in?

If you have a lawyer, contact your lawyer.

If do you not have a lawyer, call the clerk of the court. Find your court on the trial court's website. The clerk's phone number is in the listing for each court.

If you are meeting with Probation, call the probation officer or office.

Tell them the court is not allowing you in because of Covid-19.

If you go to court

You do not need to wear a mask unless you have tested positive, had symptoms or had close contact with someone with Covid-19 within the past 10 days.

You can bring your cellphone.

See What to know before going to a courthouse

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