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Debt case in court

Produced by Greater Boston Legal Services and Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed May 5, 2020

If you were sued for a debt case in District, Small Claims or the Boston Municipal Court, you do not have to go to court before June 1, 2020, even if you had a court date scheduled. 

The court will give you a new hearing date after June 1, 2020.

If you or the debt collector believe it is an emergency, you can ask the court for a telephone hearing before June 1, 2020.  If you need an emergency hearing, call the court to ask for a telephone hearing date.

You should get notice of any new court date by mail.  If you do not get notice of a new date, look up your case file online at Masscourts or call the clerk’s office.

Get legal advice before you sign an agreement

The lawyer for the company suing you might ask you to sign an agreement to pay outside of court. They cannot force you to make payments if they do not have a court order. And they cannot get a court order right now.  If you get a letter from them, ignore it or talk to a lawyer.  You may be able to get a lawyer for free.

Learn more about defending a debt case in court.

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