The Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court is made up of three divisions: the Eastern Division, the Center Division, and the Western Division.
There is one court in each of the three divisions: Boston, Worcester, and Springfield. (There is also a fourth court in Barnstable, which hears cases involving Cape Cod bankruptcies, but it is only open on certain days and is considered part of the Boston Court.)
The location of your home will determine where your case is assigned. The territories for each division are determined with the hope to spread cases evenly to each court.
The following counties are assigned to the Boston court: Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Plymouth, and Suffolk.
The following counties are assigned to the Worcester court: Worcester
And the following counties are assigned to the Springfield court: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire.
But it’s not that easy.
Middlesex, Essex, and Norfolk counties have been carved up between the Boston and Worcester courts, and you might not be assigned to the court you would expect.
The following towns in Middlesex County are assigned to the Boston Court: Arlington, Belmont, Burlington, Cambridge, Everett, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Newton, North Reading, Reading, Sherborn, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Weston, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn.
All other towns in Middlesex County are assigned to the Worcester Court.
The following towns in Essex County are assigned to the Worcester Court: Andover, Bradford, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, and North Andover.
All other towns in Essex County are assigned to the Boston Court.
The following towns in Norfolk County are assigned to the Worcester Court: Bellingham, Franklin, and Medway.
All other towns in Norfolk County are assigned to the Boston Court.
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