As of June 1, 2021, courts have full or near full staffing, as determined by space and work requirements in accordance with safety protocols. Use of masks and social distancing continues.
Court System Response to Covid-19
Current court orders can be found here, and includes a list of past standing orders, administrative orders, and directives.
July 13, 2020
Courthouses physically reopened to the public for certain limited purposes on July 13, 2020. To continue to limit the number of persons entering courthouses, all courts will still conduct most court business virtually (i.e., by telephone, videoconference, email, or comparable means, or through the electronic filing system), in both civil and criminal cases. In cases with one or more self-represented litigants (SRLs) where a court is scheduling a videoconference, courts will recognize the possibility that SRLs may have limited access to the technology needed to conduct videoconferences or limited experience with it, and will either assist the SRL in being able to conduct a videoconference or offer an alternative to videoconferencing for the virtual hearing.
Entry into a courthouse will be limited to personnel who work in the courthouse and persons who are present for one or more of the following purposes: attending in-person court proceedings; conducting in-person business with a clerk's, register's, or recorder's office; meeting with a probation officer or probation staff person; or conducting business at other offices that are open to the public and housed in the courthouse.
For more information, visit https://www.mass.gov/resource/court-system-response-to-covid-19
The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has been working collaboratively with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, the Middlesex Chiefs of Police Association and local police departments to ensure that we continue to serve the residents of Middlesex County and protect public safety during this time. Recognizing that this is an evolving situation, we have been in constant communication to establish a plan that will safeguard due process rights of defendants, ensure that victims of crime receive justice and protect the safety of our law enforcement personnel. This plan includes advising issuing summons for arraignments when possible and making arrests only where there is no public safety alternative. We are also working with Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) to review the bail status of some individuals in custody who may have specific health considerations or could possibly have their bail reevaluated.
We recognize that there are a number of immediate needs for defendants, victims, witnesses and members of the public. To address some of these questions our office has issued the following guidance:
During this time all court dates have been suspended.
Victims with standing restraining orders should be advised that their restraining orders will remain in effect until a new court date is scheduled.
Members of the public can contact our office using our main line 781-897-8300. Staff will be answering calls during regular business hours, voicemails left on this line will be checked, and your call will be returned.
If you have an emergency please call 911.
Our staff is committed to remaining available and fulfilling our commitment to the people of Middlesex County during this time. Our Assistant District Attorneys continue to work closely with the Trial Court to participate in court proceedings remotely, and to address emergency situations. While our office is working remotely, we remain available to help provide guidance and resources to victims and witnesses. Be assured that although our physical locations are closed, our staff remains committed to our core mission to protect public safety, safeguard due process rights of defendants, and ensure that victims of crime receive justice.
Our office is in the process of reaching out to individuals directly regarding the status of these cases. If you have been charged with a crime, or are the family member of someone charged with a crime, you should contact your or their attorney.
Resources for survivors of rape and domestic violence are available 24/7 to help you think through ways to stay safe through Safelink and the National Domestic Violence Hotline:
Safelink (877) 785-2020
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
Help is also available at Jane Doe, Inc. and through the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance www.mass.gov/mova. Shelters are open.