Court Closures & Openings
The Bristol Probate and Family Court will be closed on
Wednesday November 11th, 2020
Despite the challenges presented by COVID our 3 locations (Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford)
are open daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Announcements from Register Hoye
I am excited to announce that the
Bristol County Probate and Family Court Virtual Registry is live.
It will be available daily from 9:00am to 12:00pm and from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
The Virtual Registry will give you full access to all of our Registry services.
Please click on the link below to get started!
virtual lawyer of the day
I am proud to announce that the
Bristol County Probate and Family Court Virtual Lawyer of the Day
program will be available:
November 2nd, 9:30am to 11:30am
November 12th, 9:30am to 1:30am
November 19th, 9:30am to 11:30am
November 25th, 9:30am to 11:30am
2:00pm to 4:00pm
November 27th, 9:30am to 11:30am
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Use this link to enter https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1612606196
The Volunteer Lawyer of the Day will assist pro se litigants
understand the law and their rights. The Lawyer may also assist with forms.
I am grateful to the Bristol County Bar Association for their assistance in getting this much needed program off the ground, without their investment of time this program does not happen . On behalf of our great team here the the BCP&FC a heartfelt thank you!
In accordance with Standing Order 2-20 only emergency matters that cannot be resolved through a video-conference or telephonic hearing will be granted in-person hearings.
The Bristol Probate & Family Court Registry is open at this time. This also includes our satellite offices in New Bedford and Fall River. Please try to limit in person visits when possible. All inquires can be handled through the Virtual Registry. Please email emergency filings to firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-Emergency filings can be e-filed in accordance to what is accepted through our e-file system or can be mailed to 40 Broadway, Taunton, Ma 02780. Drop boxes for non-emergency filings are available in the Taunton Trial Court Lobby and outside of Taunton Registry as well as the outside of the New Bedford and Fall River Registry's.
First Justice Field has issued a Temporary Case Management Protocol applicable to filings in Bristol County which can be found by clicking here.
Our office is working with reduced staffing but we remain ready to assist litigants over the Virtual Registry in handling their cases. We thank you for your patience and wish you and your family safety and peace of mind in these challenging times.
Guidance From the Trial Court
Probate & Family Court Chief Justice Casey has posted documents providing guidance to parents and GALs during this time:
For the the most up-to-date information please consult Mass.gov/courts
Click here for more details and access to Standing Orders.
This website has been created to help Bristol County residents access resources for the Probate & Family Court.
If you need further assistance please contact our Virtual Registry
Our goal is to make your interactions with our court as efficient and professional as possible and we look forward to helping you in any way we can.
Thank you for visiting the Bristol County Probate & Family Court Registry website.
Thomas C. Hoye Jr.
Register of Probate