How to File a Lawsuit in Massachusetts

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Generally, three things are needed to file a lawsuit in Massachusets.

  1. A cover sheet which provides the basic information about the case, e.g., the parties’ names and addresses, the claims at issue, and the amount in controversy. In Superior Court this form is called a “Civil Action Cover Sheet”. In District court it is a “Statement of Damages”. Both forms are available online.
  2. A complaint which gives a detailed description of the facts and laws at issue as well as a demand for relief from the court.
  3. Finally, you need a check for the filing fee and the summons. It usually costs $195 to file in District Court and $295 to file in Superior Court. Summons cost $5 each. You should call the court you are filing in to confirm the cost.

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