Review of Court Case Files

Review of physical Court file:

The Register has the duty to maintain all court papers relating to Probate & Family Court cases.  Court records are open to public inspection unless otherwise protected by statute or judicial order.

You may access and view case files at our Taunton office located at 40 Broadway, Suite 240.  In order to access and view a case file, you must know the case docket number. If you do not know the docket number, you may obtain it from the public computer terminals at any Registry of Probate or any Registry of Deeds location.

A maximum of three (3) files can be reviewed same day.  If you would like to review more than three files you may submit a Research Request Form and review up to 12 files.  These forms can be submitted in person at any Bristol County Probate & Family Registry, by fax, or any email.  Requests submitted by 3:00 PM will be available for review by 8:30 AM the following business day.  

Research Request Form                Fax: (508) 977-6087               Email:

PLEASE NOTE - Due to spacing limitations, older files are held off-site and require additional time for delivery to our Taunton office.  File location and expected availability can be found on this chart:      File Location Chart

Review of Certain Electronic Court Files:

Remote Access Online:

Follow this link to access files online:    mass

Electronic Access within Courthouse:

Public access computers available in Taunton and Fall River.  In many cases users will have access to electronic versions of scanned court documents (i.e. petitions, orders, judgements, ect.).   Users can print copies of documents directly from the public access terminals and retrieved their copies from one of the Clerks at the counter.