COVID-19 and Court and Administrative Hearings

Reviewed July 12, 2021

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 10 days,
  • Medical staff told you to isolate or quarantine, or
  • You are waiting for COVID-19 test results after you had:
    • Symptoms of COVID-19, or
    • Close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • If you are not vaccinated, you cannot go into court if in the last 14 days you:
    • Had Covid-19 symptoms,
    • Traveled internationally, or  
    • Had close contact with someone who has COVID-19. 

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

Court staff will ask you about your contact with Covid-19 at the door. Or if they do not ask, you will review Covid-19 questions to make sure it is safe for you to go into the courthouse.

Everyone must wear a mask—even if you have a COVID-19 vaccine.

You can bring your cellphone.

See What to know before going to a courthouse

What do I do if my case is in-person and I want it to be over the phone or video?

Ask the court to make your next hearing or meeting over the phone or video. Or, ask if you can attend over the phone or over video even if the other party is in the courtroom.

For Emergency Closures Call 1-855-MA COURT (855-622-6878).

Follow on Twitter @macourtclosings -- The court uses Twitter for one-way only communication.

Federal court

U.S. District Court: See the latest information on their website.

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