Last updated on 5/1/2020

The following is a summary regarding the Massachusetts Courts during the COVID-19 outbreak. This information is not legal advice.  It shall not be taken as legal advice or substituted for legal advice.  The content provided is for informational purposes only. Before you make any decision that may have legal implications, you should consult with a qualified legal professional for specific legal advice tailored to your situation.

Currently, the Massachusetts Courts are closed to the public until at least June 1, 2020.  You can follow this link for the most updated information:

Emergency matters are being heard by video or telephone conference.  The Standing Orders define what is an emergency matter in each department of the Court.  You can follow this link to read the standing orders and updated press releases for each Court.  Each Court may also hear non-emergency matters as they determine appropriate.  If you have an upcoming court date or matter before the court you can call the court and ask whether your matter will be heard by telephone or rescheduled.



If you need to apply for an Abuse Prevention Order during business hours (between 8:30AM and 4:30PM, Monday through Friday) call the District Court or Probate and Family Court to talk to Court staff about how to proceed.

If you need to apply for an Abuse Prevention Order outside of business hours, contact the Police Department and use the existing after-hours Judicial Response System.

If you have a scheduled court date you can call the Court regarding the hearing.

District Courts

  • Newburyport (978) 462-2652
  • Ipswich (978) 462-2652
  • Haverhill (978) 521-7300
  • Lawrence (978) 687-7184

Essex County Probate and Family Court

  • Salem (978) 744-1020
  • Lawrence (978) 686-9692

If a court user is unable to reach those offices or has general questions about cases, they can call the Trial Court Help Line at 833-91COURT between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Click here to learn more about the Help Line.