It’s no secret many states are hurting for money and facing budgetary difficulties. Many states have issues furloughs where works in different state departments will not being working the full work week and will have days off instead.
For those conducting country criminal records searches and county civil background checks for employment screening purposes, please take note of the modified hours the Massachusetts’ courts will be open during the summer months.
? Attleboro, Barnstable, E. Brookfield, Fall River (telephones only), Haverhill , Lawrence,
Newburyport/Ipswich (telephones only), Malden, Palmer, Salem, Stoughton, Taunton, Waltham,
Westborough, Woburn, and Wrentham (civil open Thursday)
o Counter and phone coverage restricted 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
o Counter and phone coverage restricted 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
o Counter and phone coverage restricted 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
o Counter and phone coverage restricted 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
? Somerville, Springfield, Uxbridge
o Counter and phone coverage restricted 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday & Friday
o Counter and phone coverage restricted 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday
o Counter and phone coverage restricted 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday
o Counter and phone coverage restricted 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday
o Daily after 2 p.m. private applications for criminal complaints and requests for copies of court files will be
deferred until the following business day.
>>In all divisions court sessions still begin at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Restricted access applies to any court
business except: Persons seeking emergency restraining orders, harassment prevention orders,
mental health emergencies, warrants
? Western Division
o Counter and phone coverage restricted 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Scheduled matters will continue to be heard throughout the day.
o Satellite sessions cancelled the first week of each month in Northampton, Pittsfield and Greenfield.
Emergency matters during this week will be handled in Springfield. These satellite sessions will continue
the other weeks of the month.
? Southeastern Division — Effective 7/2/12
o Rotation of clerks office closures among five permanent locations in the division
o Schedule attached; court business can be conducted at any location
? Springfield Session of the Hampden County Division
o Counter and phone coverage restricted 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
o Counter and phone coverage restricted 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday
Court sessions will be held as scheduled throughout the day.
Probate and Family Court
? Following Counties: Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Essex, Hampshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, and
o Registry counter and phone coverage restricted after 3 p.m. Monday through Friday
Applies to any court business, except emergency restraining orders and other emergencies.
Court sessions still will begin at 8:30 a.m. Except in Lawrence, the Registry will close from 1-2 p.m. and
remain open after 2 p.m. As of 7/2/12