Massachusetts

Effective Date: N/A
State:
Massachusetts
Court Type: Appellate
Implementing Authority: N/A
Status: N/A
Time Standards: Massachusetts has no case processing time standards for the appellate court system.
  Massachusetts Third Amended Standing Order 1-88: Time Standards

Effective Date: March 1, 2007
State:
Massachusetts
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Civil
Implementing Authority: Standing Order 1-88
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards:

A case could be designated one of three tracks. 
Fast Track
Average Track
Accelerated Track
Depending on which track it is designated is the time it will take to complete the trial. 
For more information go here: http://www.lawlib.state.ma.us/sup1-88.html

  Massachusetts District Court Joint Standing Order 2-04: Time Standards for Civil Cases

Effective Date: September 7, 2004
State:
Massachusetts
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Criminal
Implementing Authority: Standing Order 2-86
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards:

Track A:
- From arraignment to Pretrial Hearing date: Not more than 45 days;

- From Pretrial Hearing to Motion/Compliance/Election date: Not more than 45 days;

- From Motion/Compliance/Election date to Trial date: Not more than 45 days.

Track B:
- From Arraignment to Pretrial Hearing date: Not more than 45 days;

- From Pretrial Hearing to Motion/Compliance/Election date: Not more than 60 days;

- From Motion/Compliance/Election to Trial date: Not more than 90 days.

  Massachusetts District Court Joint Standing Order 3-04: Time Standards for Criminal Cases

Effective Date: April 3, 2006
State:
Massachusetts
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Domestic
Implementing Authority: Standing Order 1-06
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Standing Order 1-06: Case Management and Time Standards for Cases Filed in the Probate and Family Court Department
 

Effective Date: January 1, 2007
State:
Massachusetts
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Juvenile
Implementing Authority: Standing Order 2-07
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Delinquency and Youthful Offender Proceedings:
(filing of complaint or indictment to adjudication/disposition)
100% within 180 days

(filing of complain or indictment to adjudication/disposition (jury trial)
100% within 240 days

Child in Need of Services Proceedings:
(filing of application to preliminary hearing)
100% within 90 days

(issuance of petition to adjucation/disposition)
100% within 6 months

Care and Protection/Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings:
(filing of petition to final order of adjucation and permanent disposition)
100% within 15 months/18 months

(filing of petition to trial)
100% within 12 to 15 months

(close of evidence to decision and findings)
100% within 90 days
  Massachusetts Juvenile Court Standing 2-07: Time Standards

Effective Date: September 1, 2004
State:
Massachusetts
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Misc
Implementing Authority: Standing Order 1-04
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Effective September 1, 2004
Housing Court
Consists of 8 tracks
SP Track (Summary Process Action)
CV-F Track (Civil Action-Fast)
CV-A Track (Civil Action-Average)
CV-X Track (Civil Action-Accelerated)
CV-AAP Track (Civil Action-Administrative Agency Proceeding)
SC Track (Small Claims Action)
SU Track (Supplementary Process/Collection Action)
CR Track (Criminal Action)
Housing Court Department Standing Order No. 1-04: Time Standards for Cases Filed in the Housing Court Department

Effective October 4, 2004
Land Court
Consists of 3 Tracks
Tax Track
Fast Track
Average Track
Standing Order No. 1-04: Time Standards for Cases Filed in the Land Court Department
 

Effective Date: April 3, 2006
State:
Massachusetts
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Probate
Implementing Authority: Standing Order 1-06
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Standing Order 1-06: Case Management and Time Standards for Cases Filed in the Probate and Family Court Department
 

Monitoring Information:

In 2006, Massachusetts undertook a major initiative aimed at making improvements in the timely disposition of cases.  As noted above, time standards had been established for all departments.  Massachusetts adopted the four CourTools metrics on timeliness and expedition, which had been developed by the National Center for State Courts, as common performance measures.  For each of the four CourTools metrics, the state set common goals across all court departments.  And, Massachusetts produced quarterly reports and an annual report to document progress toward reaching the goals.  Below is a link to the annual report on metrics:

http://www.mass.gov/courts/metricreport06.pdf

Notes: None.