Public Records Information
Massachusetts is one of the original 13 colonies and became the sixth state in the U.S. on February 6, 1788. The first settlement was made by the pilgrims of the Mayflower in 1620 with their arrival to Plymouth, MA. The early economy profited from the textile industry and production of machinery. The official state name is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is one of the 6 states that comprise New England along with Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Massachusetts has 14 Counties, 50 cities and 301 towns with a population of 6,547,629. The state has 10,555 square miles of territory making it the 44th largest in the U.S. The legislative power is comprised of the Massachusetts Senate and house of representatives. Executive power is held by the governor and other individually elected offices such as the attorney general and secretary of the commonwealth. The judicial division makes up the third branch and is the entire court system of the state. Counties have no government as of the late 1990’s and exist solely as geographic regions. It is the 13th most populous state with 6.5 million residents and the 14th largest by size with a 10,555 square mile territory.
Similar to the federal freedom of information act, the Massachusetts Public Records Act and the Massachusetts Open Meetings Act offers its residents greater government transparency to its voters and general public. The Open Meetings Act opens local decisions and deliberations to its residents with records of the meeting available for public review. Government records in the state are presumed public information with few exemptions.
Criminal records are a vital part of a background check conducted in Massachusetts. Criminal records are provided by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) CORI background check system. This background check covers the entire state and what is included in the report are detailed on the official site. View the most wanted lists from the department of public safety or county sheriffs for a more local search. Locate an inmate in the Massachusetts Department of Corrections system. Requesting court records can reveal past and recent divorce filings. Civil and criminal case files are available from the Massachusetts judiciary.
Court Records Information
The Massachusetts probate and family courts have exclusive jurisdiction over estate, support/custody, paternity, marriage dissolution, domestic violence and adoptions. The state's land and housing courts have jurisdiction over real property rights, small claims up to $2,000, misdemeanor, ordinance violation cases and handles preliminary hearings.
Juvenile courts have jurisdiction over miscellaneous domestic relations (TPR), and juvenile cases. The municipal court has jurisdiction over tort, contract, real property rights ($0/no maximum), small claims up to $2,000, mental health, civil trial court appeals, and miscellaneous civil cases. The Boston criminal municipal court hears felony, misdemeanor, domestic violence and traffic cases.
The district court has jurisdiction over tort, contract, real property rights ($0/no maximum), small claims up to $2,000, mental health, civil trial court appeals, hears support/custody, and paternity cases. Criminal division of the district court has jurisdiction over felony, misdemeanor, traffic , domestic violence, criminal appeals cases, traffic/other violation, and juvenile cases.
The state’s superior courts have jurisdiction over tort, contract, real property rights ($0/no maximum), civil appeals, and miscellaneous civil cases.
Massachusetts appeals court has mandatory jurisdiction in civil, criminal, administrative agency, juvenile cases, discretionary jurisdiction in interlocutory decision cases. The state’s supreme court has mandatory jurisdiction in civil, criminal, judge disciplinary, advisory opinion, original proceeding cases, discretionary jurisdiction in civil, criminal, administrative agency, juvenile and interlocutory decision cases.
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