News & Alerts
New Bedford Probate and Family Court Registry to Open to the Public
I am pleased to announce that the New Bedford Family and Probate Court Registry, located at 505 Pleasant St, will open on Monday August 2nd, 2021. The Registry will be open Monday thru Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. We will accept all normal filings with the exception of Emergencies and 209a’s, which will need to go to Taunton or Fall River as there will not be a Judge sitting in New Bedford. The Taunton and Fall River Registry’s are open Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Attorney’s and litigants are also encouraged to access the registry remotely using our Virtual Registry, available at www.bristolcountyprobate.org. This service is available daily from 9:00am to 12:00pm and again from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm. Registry staff is available to answer all your questions using our Zoom capabilities. We also have our Lawyer of the Day program with our calendar of availability on the website. The website also provides our most up to date office information as well as links to needed Probate and Family Court forms. We look forward to seeing everyone soon.
Public Terminals and Printing Access
The Registry now has public access computers available in Taunton & Fall River. These computers run the "eAccess application" allowing users to search cases by name, case type, and case number.
Case information including party names, hearing dates, filings, and case disposition details are available. Scanned images of documents may also be available (i.e. petitions, orders, judgements).
Users can print copies of documents directly from the public access terminals. Printed copies can be retrieved from a Registry Clerk at the counter.
Court offices close only in rare circumstances when the safety of the public or court employees is at risk. If you have a scheduled event in a location experiencing an emergency closure, the Clerks Office will notify you of a new hearing date. There are four ways to find information about court closures:
Online at Massachusetts Court System homepage
By phone 1-855-MA COURT (1-855-622-6878)