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Court Resources

Section 35 A Court Ordered Treatment: A petition for “the procedure for Commitment of Substance Abusers,” which allows family members concerned for the health and safety of their addicted relative to go to court's clinic and present the severity of the issue. If the court deems that the individual is in serious danger of hurting themselves or others, they will mandate that person to substance treatment, legally for 30 days. *This is an involuntary placement: Men sent to Brockton and Bridgewater — Women sent to Jamaica Plain, New Bedford, or Taunton.

Adult Courts:

Cambridge District Court
4040 Mystic Valley Parkway
Medford, MA
(781) 306-2715
Handles Cambridge, Arlington, Belmont


Chelsea District Court
120 Broadway
Chelsea, MA
(617) 660-9200
Handles Chelsea & Revere

Malden District Court
89 Summer St.
Malden, MA
Handles Malden, Melrose, Everett, Wakefield


Somerville District Court
175 Fellsway Ave.
Somerville, MA
(617) 666-8000
Handles Somerville & Medford

Lynn District Court
580 Essex St.
Lynn, MA
(781) 598-5200
Handles Lynn, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus & Swampscott

Woburn District Court
30 Pleasant St.
Woburn, MA
(781) 935-4000 ext. 258
Handles Burlington, North Reading, Stoneham, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn

Lowell Court
41 Hurd St.
Lowell, MA
(978) 459-4101

MA Bar Association – Section 35: Attorney volunteers can offer assistance with Section 35 filings (MA law that permits individuals to petition the courts to involuntarily commit an individual who puts themselves or other at risk due to their substance use). The individual can be sent to a treatment program for up to 90 days if a judge determines, following a hearing and a review of medical evidence, that there is a “likelihood of serious harm” to themselves or others.
Contact (844) 843-6221 or

Juvenile Courts:

Cambridge Juvenile Court
121 Third St.
Cambridge, MA
(617) 494-4100
Handles Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Somerville, Wakefield


Chelsea Juvenile Court
120 Broadway St.
Chelsea, MA
(617) 660-9225
Handles Chelsea, Revere, East Boston, Winthrop

Lowell Juvenile Court
89 Appleton St.
Lowell, MA
(978) 441-2630
Probation: (978) 441-3160

Specialty Court Locations: Specialty courts are problem-solving court sessions which provide court-supervised probation and mandated treatment focused on treating the mental health or substance abuse issues underlying criminal behavior. Only a judge can refer to a drug court.

Adult Drug Court:



East Boston

South Boston







Juvenile Drug Court:

Fall River Juvenile Court

New Bedford Juvenile Court

Taunton Juvenile Court

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