Massachusetts Self Help and Legal Research
This page provides information about Self Help and Legal Research resources in Massachusetts.
Links are grouped by those that cover courts statewide, for multiple counties, and then by individual county.
Massachusetts - Statewide Courts Self Help
Massachusetts Legal Information and Resources
Find information and assistance on a variety of legal issues in multiple languages. Legal aid eligibility, free and low-cost program referrals, and self-help resources are also provided.
View information by legal topic for individuals representing themselves in Massachusetts courts. Topics include consumer protection, abuse and harassment prevention, criminal law, family matters, housing, probate, small claims, and traffic. Resources are available in multiple languages.
Fee Waiver Requests
View instructions for requesting a waiver of Massachusetts court fees and costs due to inability to pay. Links to the indigency guidelines and application forms are included.
Massachusetts Court Law Libraries
Massachusetts Court Law Libraries provide primary legal sources, including state statutes, regulations, court rules and standing orders, executive orders, and agency decisions.
Massachusetts Traffic and Motor Vehicle Information
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles offers online information about vehicle registration, driver licenses, traffic laws and hearings, manuals, forms, and service center locations.
Massachusetts Child Support Services
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue offers information about child support services, including how to apply, check balances and payments, and enforcement of orders.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
View information about court-sponsored Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), which helps parties resolve disputes without going to trial using mediation and conciliation techniques. Links to the Massachusetts ADR application process, guidelines, and service providers are provided.
Civil Case Self-Representation
Information for individuals representing themselves in civil cases is provided.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in Massachusetts, including local housing counseling agencies, a state hotline, state and non-profit agencies, and a link to legal aid providers.
Land Court Rules
View the local rules of Massachusetts Land Court.
Barnstable County - Courts Self Help Resources
Barnstable County Probate and Family Court Common Legal Terms
View a glossary of common legal terms used in Barnstable County Probate and Family Court.
Middlesex County - Courts Self Help Resources
Contest City of Cambridge Parking Tickets
Contest City of Cambridge parking tickets online, or download a form to submit by mail.
Plymouth County - Courts Self Help Resources
Plymouth County Probate and Family Court Self-Help Center
View information about the Plymouth County Probate and Family Court Self-Help Center, including filing instructions, an explanation of the court process, a glossary of terms, probation information, and downloadable brochures and pamphlets.