If you need to go to court, but you cannot afford the fees and charges, you may not have to pay them. The court can “waive” the fees, or ask the state to pay the normal court fees.
The court can also waive or ask the state to pay for “extra” fees.
This form tells the court you cannot afford the fees related to your case.
If the clerk or a judge approves the form, you will not have to pay.
This cover sheet must be filed in each civil case entered into Superior Court. The purpose is to assist the Clerk’s office by providing basic contact information for the parties, the case category, an estimation of how long the case will take, statement of damages and related cases pending in the Superior Court.
Unlike other forms found on this site, this form is not yet intended for direct filing with the Massachusetts Trial Court. It is not yet an approved court form. It will help you produce a document you can download and file on your own.
For use by an attorney. You can use this form to fill out and send a link to your client to sign in a case involving limited assistance representation. You must have completed the applicable LAR trainings.
Unlike other forms found on this site, this form is not intended for direct filing with the Massachusetts Trial Court. Consequently, it is not an approved court form. It will help you produce a letter that you can mail or email to your landlord.
This form is national and can be used anywhere in the United States.
We are still in the process of creating an interactive version of this form (based on this English PDF).
Use this form when you file the Affidavit of Indigency if:
If you need to check Box C on the Affidavit of Indigency, you need this supplemental form, also. It asks about your income and expenses to show the court that you cannot afford to pay court fees and costs.
The public can call the Helpline to ask general questions about their civil and criminal cases and help them navigate the court system while the court system remains closed to the public except for emergency matters. The Helpline will be staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For emergency matters, court users should first call their local court Clerk's or Register's Offices. Contact numbers for individual courts and offices can be found online on the Courthouse Locator page. Emergency matters include: emergency protection and harassment prevention orders; arraignments of new arrests; bail reviews; dangerousness hearings; mental health commitment orders; care and protection orders; and other matters. Each department of the Trial Court issued Standing Orders that contain full lists of emergency matters.