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 helps Masschusetts residents change their name on official government documents. It includes the name change petition, background check form, and fee waiver, as well as an optional form to keep your new name private. You do not need this form if you are changing your name after getting married, divorced, or adopted.
This form is not directly filed with the court. After completing, you can call the court and ask how they would like it to be delivered.
Use this form if you would like a single justice of the Appeals Court to review a decision made by the trial court judge that is not a final judgment of the court. The law that allows for this is G.L. c. 231, s. 118, paragraph 1.
You can only seek review of an order of the trial court within 30 days of the trial court judge's decision.
This form will be sent to a single justice of the appeals court for review.
Before using this form, you must ask for a Stay in the Trial Court.
If you have not already done so, you can use this form to download a Notice of Appeal and file a Waiver of Appeal Bond.
To use this form, you will need relevant Trial Court documents, including:
This form cannot be directly emailed to the Supreme Judicial Court. For more information, contact the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk's office: (617) 557-1020.
This page will help you to fill out a Civil Docketing Statement to the Appeals Court. If you are appealing a judgment of your case, you should submit this form within 14 days of the Notice of Entry of the Appeal.
It helps to have court information about your trial court case being appealed with you now, as you complete this form.
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.