Middlesex County Superior Court – Lowell
Middlesex Superior Court –Lowell/
Lowell Superior Courthouse
360 Gorham Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Phone: (978) 453-4181
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Criminal Cases in the Superior Court
The Middlesex County Superior Court at Lowell, also known as Lowell Superior Courthouse, has original jurisdiction over cases for all crimes in Middlesex County and has exclusive jurisdiction over first degree murder cases in the County.
Most criminal cases start off in district court. Where the offense is punishable by more than 5 years of incarceration, the complaint will either be reviewed for probable cause by the district court judge, or sent to a grand jury by the prosecutor for an indictment.
If the district court judge sides with the defense during the probable cause hearing, the case will be dismissed. Otherwise, the judge will find enough compelling evidence that the crime/s has been committed as charged by the prosecution and will bind the case over to the Superior trial court.
In the event of a grand jury indictment, the accused will be notified in writing by the Commonwealth of the indictment findings and the date set for arraignment, at which time the defendant must appear in the Lowell Superior Courthouse (first appearance.) The case will have been terminated in the district court for adjudication by the Middlesex Superior Court.
Middlesex Superior Court Felony Cases
Types of felony cases the Lowell Superior Courthouse hears include, but are not limited to:
- Class A Drugs; Distribution or Possession with Intent to Distribute
- Class A Drugs; 2nd or higher offense to Distribute or Possession w/ Intent
- Class B Drugs; Distribution or Possession w/ Intent to Distribute
- Class B Drugs; 2nd or higher offense
- Trafficking in Marijuana; 50 – 100 pounds
- Motor Vehicle Homicide by OUI alcohol or drugs
- OUI Causing Serious Bodily Injury
- Leaving the Scene of Accident with an Injury or Death
- Boat OUI /Boating Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs; 4th or subsequent offense
- First Degree and Second Degree Murder
Appearing in Middlesex County Superior Court
Individuals charged with any felony matter are typically required to appear for each court date with their attorney. In all Court appearances, it is vital that you leave and arrive early so you appear in Court on time.
You should make childcare arrangements so you do not have to bring your child/ren to Court. Defendants should always be respectful in Court, address the judge as “your honor,” and wear clean and professional clothing. You should not wear any hats, sunglasses or earbuds upon entering the courtroom.
All personal electronic devices must be turned off and out-of-site upon entering the Courthouse. Phones can be set to silent mode, but must not be visible while inside the courtroom.
Middlesex County Judicial District
Middlesex County encompasses the cities of: Lowell, Cambridge, Everett, Malden, Marlborough, Medford, Melrose, Newton, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown and Woburn; and Maynard, Natick, Sudbury, Wayland, Wilmington and several other townships.
The Lowell Superior Courthouse is in the Middlesex judicial county. It is joined by the Middlesex County Superior Court located in Woburn, which shares similar cases and duties for the County.
Court and County Government Information