The structure of the Massachusetts judicial system is laid out in the Massachusetts Constitution. The state court system is made up of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, the Superior Courts, the District Courts, the Housing Courts, the Juvenile Courts, the Land Courts, the Probate and Family Courts and the Boston Municipal Courts.
The federal courts are made up of the District of Massachusetts and the District of Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court. Appeals from these courts go to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.
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There are 14 counties in Massachusetts. Each county is served by at least one District Court and a Probate and Family Court.
To see a list of counties in Massachusetts, please see - Massachusetts counties
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Judges in Massachusetts are appointed by the Governor, with the help of a nomination commission. Appointees must then be approved by the Governor's Council. Once appointed, judges may serve until the age of 70.
There are no judicial elections in Massachusetts.
Term - Until age 70
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