DOVE’s Legal Advocacy Program is continuing to provide services via phone and email during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have already been working with an attorney, please call their extension and leave a message and they will return your call. If you are looking for legal information or advice, please call DOVE’s Legal Helpline at 617-770-4065 x400.
Courts will be closed to the public from March 18, 2020 until at least July 1, 2020. Emergency matters and many non-emergency matters are being held via telephone or videoconference and many hearings are being automatically rescheduled. If you have an upcoming court date or think you need to file an emergency hearing, please call DOVE’s Legal Helpline. Please also see the below information regarding court closures. Click here to view the most recent order from Massachusetts’s highest court regarding court closures until July 1, 2020.
District Court Cases (click here to view pdf containing District Court updates)
This document includes information specific to district court closures including new restraining orders and harassment prevention orders and renewals of these.
Probate and Family Court Cases (click here to view pdf containing Probate & Family Court updates)
This document includes information specific to probate and family court closures including new restraining orders and renewals, family court hearings scheduled during the court closure, emergency family court hearings, and non-emergency family court hearings.
Eviction and Summary Process Cases (click here to view pdf containing Eviction and Summary Processes Cases updates)
This document includes information regarding eviction and summary process cases in both housing court and district court. It also includes information about your rights if your landlord is trying to evict you without going through the court process and resources if you cannot afford to pay your rent.
If you are an immigrant and have an appointment with USCIS between now and June 4, 2020, it will be rescheduled. After June 4, 2020, your appointment will likely go forward. Click here for more information from USCIS. Please contact DOVE’s immigration attorney at 617-770-4065 x400 for advice on your case.