worchester county court - MA criminal defenseWorcester County Superior Court /

Worcester County Courthouse

225 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01608

Phone: (508) 831-2000

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday

8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

 

Criminal Cases in the Superior Court

 

The Worcester County Superior Court, also known as Worcester County Courthouse, has jurisdiction over all crimes in Worcester County and has exclusive jurisdiction over first degree murder cases in the county.

In the Massachusetts trial courts system, the Worcester Superior Court has original jurisdiction over all felony crimes. This usually means the Court will have control over offenses punishable by more than 5 years of incarceration.

Cases in Worcester County Superior Court begin with an indictment. An indictment is a document listing all charges for which a grand jury has found probable cause for the prosecution to proceed against you. An indictment by a grand jury simply means they believed probable cause existed; it is not a finding of guilt.

In the event of a grand jury indictment, the accused will be notified in writing by the commonwealth of the indictment charges and the date set for arraignment, at which time the defendant must appear in the Worcester County Courthouse (first appearance.) The case will have been terminated in the district court for adjudication by the Worcester Superior Court.

Worcester County Superior Court Felony Cases

Types of felony cases that the Worcester County Courthouse hears include:

  • 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
  • Aggravated Assault
  • 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

How to Appear in Worcester 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 crucial that you leave and arrive early so you appear in Court on time.

In addition, you should:

  • Make childcare arrangements so you do not have to bring your child/ren to Court.
  • Always be respectful in Court, and address the judge as “your honor.”
  • Wear clean and professional clothing.
  • You should not wear any hats, sunglasses or earbuds upon entering the courtroom.
  • Talk with your attorney before each appearance so you know exactly where to go.
  • Ensure you have transportation to and from the courthouse.
  • Ensure you have money for parking fees if driving.

All personal electronic devices must be turned off and out-of-site upon entering the Courthouse. You are allowed to bring your phone, but it must be set to silent mode, and cannot be visible while inside the courtroom.

Worcester County Judicial District

Worcester County encompasses the cities of:  Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster, Southbridge, and Worcester; and Clinton, Milford, Northborough, Southborough, Shrewsbury, Upton, Westborough and many other townships.

The Worcester Superior Courthouse is in the county seat of Worcester and the Court covers matters for all cities and towns in Worcester County. The Hon. Justice Richard T. Tucker oversees administrative functions for the Worcester County Judicial District.

 

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