Changes in Court schedules due to COVID 19by Ponichtera & DeNardis, P.C. on 03/25/20
The COVID 19 Pandemic has brought about changes in all of our lives including in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court system. Courts are there to render justice and to promote order in a civilized society. Right now each of us is keenly aware that the world as we know it has changed. At least temporarily, and the Court system is no different. In order to keep court staff and the public safe the Courts are now operating on an emergency basis only for the time being until May 1st. The Courts are working out the details of teleconferencing and videoconferencing to keep in court appearances in the courts to a minimum. Emergency hearings like, emergency abuse prevention orders, emergency guardianships, and emergency custody orders are still being addressed by the Probate and Family Court. Other matters like motions are being addressed on the paperwork submitted only. All other matters and trials have been continued to after May 1st. Court staff is reduced to a skeleton crew of staggered rotating employees, to keep employees at a safe social distance to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. Things are progressing at a slower pace, but cases are still being addressed and processed, and you will have your day in court, just a little bit later, once we get past this terrible pandemic, and we will get past it. We are Americans, we have an indomitable spirit and this is just another obstacle for us to overcome, and we will overcome it together. So keep washing your hands and stay home, and keep in touch with your loved ones and neighbors. We are all in this together.