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Searching Case Records
View information about the laws and regulations governing public access to criminal records, and instructions for obtaining and sealing criminal records.
Court Case Records
View information about the types of case records available at public access computers and at courthouses. View instructions for searching Probate and Family Court, Land Court, and Housing Court case information online, and follow the eAccess link to search those courts' records online.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Legal Opinions
View Massachusetts Attorney General legal opinions.
Self help, legal research, general information
Massachusetts Legal Information and Resources
View information and resources for a variety of legal issues, including family law, juvenile law, domestic violence, debt collection, employment, foreclosure, landlord/tenant and many other topics.
Self Help Resources
View information by topic for self-represented parties in Massachusetts courts. Topics include court basics, civil appeals, consumer, abuse and harassment, criminal law, family matters, guardianship, housing, name changes, small claims, traffic, and wills and estates.
Fee Waiver Requests
View instructions for requesting a waiver of Massachusetts court fees and costs due to indigency. Links to the guidelines and forms are included.
Massachusetts Law Library
Search the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries by a variety of legal research resources for Massachusetts law, including state statutes, regulations, court rules, executive orders, agency decisions and town bylaws.
Massachusetts Traffic and Motor Vehicle Information
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles offers online information about drivers licenses, traffic laws and motor vehicle laws.
Massachusetts Child Support Services
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue offers information and services related to child support, including how to apply for services, how to change a child support order and online services.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in Massachusetts, including local housing counseling agencies, a state hotline, state and non-profit agencies, a state loan program, and a link to legal aid providers.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
View information about Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Massachusetts trial courts, which includes mediation and conciliation and can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial. Links to ADR service providers, guidelines, and the application process are provided.
View information about representing yourself in Massachusetts civil cases.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Find Massachusetts Legal Assistance
A directory of Massachusetts organizations offering free and low-cost legal services, with search options by county.
Massachusetts Lawyer Referral and Free Legal Services
Find links to Massachusetts lawyer referral services and directories of organizations offering free or low-cost legal services.
Lawyer Referral and Legal Aid
View information about choosing a lawyer, look up lawyers by name or city, find legal aid providers, view a list lawyer referral services, search legal directories, and view information about limited legal representation for self-represented parties.
Find Massachusetts Attorney Discipline Records
The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers Office of Bar Counsel offers online listings of attorney discipline decisions from 1999 through the present, including admonitions, administrative suspensions and dismissals. Search options include year and attorney last name.
Complaints about Massachusetts Attorneys
The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers offers information about how to make a complaint about a lawyer and links to agencies that handle attorney discipline.
Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC) is a volunteer-based agency combining legal assistance with mental health counseling. Legal services offered by volunteer lawyers include disability, family law, housing and immigration law.
Limited Assistance Representation
View information about limited assistance representation, in which lawyers provide some services to self-represented parties for a smaller fee than full representation. Services may include advice about the case, document preparation, coaching, court appearances for difficult parts of the case, and other tasks as agreed. Links to lists of qualified attorneys and required forms are included. Limited assistance representation is allowed in District, Probate and Family, Housing, Boston Municipal, and Land Courts.
Bar Association - Lawyer Directory
Search the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers directory of member attorneys. Search by name or city.
Forms and related information
Massachusetts Law Libraries Forms
The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries offers online court forms organized by legal issue and case type. Information about laws by source and subject is also available as well as laws, regulations and cases.
View and download forms for use in all Massachusetts courts. Browse lists of forms by topic or court, or search for forms by keyword. Links to fee waiver forms are also available, and are found in the right column.
Online fine payments
Pay Massachusetts Traffic Tickets
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles offers an online citation payment service. Requires driver license number, citation number, date of offensse and payment amount to process payment.