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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Belchertown Juvenile Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, and resources applicable to all courts in Massachusetts.
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Court Case Records
View information about the types of case records available at public access computers and at courthouses. View instructions for searching Superior, District, Probate and Family, Housing, Land, and Boston Municipal Court case records, and follow the link to search the records online.
View information about criminal records in Massachusetts, including instructions for obtaining and sealing records, and laws and regulations governing public access.
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Attorney General Legal Opinions
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Forms and related information
View and download forms for use in all Massachusetts courts by topic or court department. Many forms are available in multiple languages.
View and download legal forms that are not filed in court, such as tax forms, contracts, and wills, from the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries. Forms are organized by topic, with links to related court forms.
Self help, legal research, general information
Franklin and Hampshire County Consumer Protection, Domestic Violence, and Returned Check Information and Resources
The Northwestern District Attorney's Office offers information about consumer protection, domestic violence, and returned checks in Franklin and Hampshire Counties, with links to additional resources. The Consumer Protection Unit assists with letters and phone calls, provides a downloadable complaint form, and provides links to brochures and information about various scams. The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit provides information about abuse, services for victims, prevention programs, restraining orders, and harassment orders; links and contact information for shelters; and downloadable brochures in multiple languages. Self-help information for handling returned checks includes instructions for demanding payment and filing a criminal complaint.
Franklin and Hampshire County Criminal Procedure
The Northwesten District Attorney's Office offers answers to frequently asked questions about the criminal justice process, including victims' rights, subpoenas, victim impact statements, and return of property. A glossary of legal terms is also provided.
Franklin and Hampshire County Drug Diversion and Treatment
The Northwestern District Attorney's Office offers information about its Drug Diversion and Treatment Program in Franklin and Hampshire Counties, which can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders with substance abuse problems.
View information about specialty court sessions that can set up supervision and treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders with substance abuse or mental health problems, including Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts, Veterans' Treatment Courts, Mental Health Courts, Homeless Court, and other local specialized sessions. Program descriptions, locations, manuals, brochures, and forms are provided.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
View information about court-connected Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), which helps parties resolve disputes without going to trial. Links to approved programs and guidelines are provided.
Child Support Services
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue offers information about child support services, including how to apply, payments, and modification and enforcement of orders. Links to the online application and payment systems, guidelines and calculators, and forms are provided.
View information about representing yourself in a civil case, including types of cases and courts, use of attorneys, court personnel, how to start a case, trail procedure, and settlement. Links to additional print and online resources are provided.
Court Rules and Standing Orders
View Massachusetts rules of civil, criminal, and appellate procedure; all trial court rules; dispute resolution rules; and trial court standing orders. Most court rules and Land Court standing orders are also available as downloadable e-books.
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.
View information about Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries, including locations, hours, an online catalog, and available materials and services. Services include an "Ask a Law Librarian" service by online chat, text, or email; document delivery; links to online legal research resources, downloadable e-books of court rules and other legal documents; and links to Massachusetts laws, court rules and opinions, regulations, and administrative agency materials.
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 a glossary of legal terms used in Massachusetts courts.
Search Massachusetts General Laws by keyword or chapter and section, or browse by table of contents. Search uncodified session laws by keyword, year, or chapter and type. Search historical laws and documents, and view a guide to researching legislative history. Laws and regulations may also be browsed by popular name in alphabetical order.
View information by legal topic for individuals representing themselves in Massachusetts courts. Topics include court procedure, terminology, legal assistance, consumer protection, abuse and harassment prevention, criminal law, family matters, guardianship, housing, probate, small claims, and traffic. Links to forms are provided.
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.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Hampshire County Lawyer Referral and Legal Services
The Hampshire County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone, which includes a free initial consultation with a lawyer; a conciliation program for parties in Probate and Family Court, including a schedule of available attorneys; a court-mandated parent education program for divorcing parties; additional parent education programs; an Elder Law Program that provides free representation to income-eligible seniors, with a link to the program brochure; a Lawyer for the Day program to assist parties in Probate and Family Court with forms and filings; and links to online legal resources.
Franklin and Hampshire County Vicitm/Witness Help
The Northwestern District Attorney's Office provides crime victims and witnesses in Franklin and Hampshire Counties with information about victims' rights and the court process, court accompaniment, case status notification, and assistance with restitution, victim compensation, victim impact statements, and return of property
Attorney Discipline Records
The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers offers online listings of attorney discipline decisions from 1999 through the present, including admonitions, administrative suspensions, and dismissals.
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 benefits, family law, housing and immigration law.
Complaints About Attorneys
The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers offers information about filing a complaint against a lawyer and provides links to agencies that handle attorney discipline.
The Massachusetts Attorney General's Consumer Advocacy and Response Division offers information about its consumer protection services, debt, mortgages and foreclosures, and utilities; a list of complaints against businesses; a directory of local consumer programs; and forms and instructions for filing a consumer complaint.
Search the Board of Bar Overseers directory of Massachusetts attorneys by name, bar number, and location.
Lawyer Fee Disputes
The Massachusetts Bar Association offers an arbitration program to help resolve fee disputes between lawyers and clients.
Lawyer Referral and Legal Assistance
The Massachusetts Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone or online form, a Dial-A-Lawyer free advice service by telephone, and free presentations about elder law.
Find links to a directory of organizations offering free or low-cost legal services, "Lawyer for the Day" volunteer lawyer programs, limited assistance representation, lawyer referral services, and Massachusetts and national lawyer directories.
Legal Services Directory
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Working With a Lawyer
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