A Message from Anastasia Welsh Perrino, Esq., Register
Dear Court Customers and Members of the Bar,
Due to the exponential increase in Covid-19 cases nationwide, and the real possibility that Covid numbers will increase in the near future, we are implementing temporary changes to our scheduling of cases and protocols for doing business in the Registry Office for the safety of our litigants, attorneys and staff.
Beginning Monday, November 30, 2020, and continuing until December 31, 2020, all in-person hearings, including trials, will be conducted by Zoom, except for emergency cases which cannot be heard by Zoom. Attached is the Zoom Meeting ID and Password for each Judge’s Session. If you oppose the change of status of your case from in-person to remote, you may file an emergency motion to address the matter, by Zoom. Staffing in the judicial department will be reduced by 50% during that time, meaning that there will always be one Judge with a Sessions Clerk and Secretary sitting in court each day, while the other Judge, Sessions Clerk and Secretary works remotely by Zoom. The Acting Judicial Case Manager and Senior Court Clinician will also be working a varied, remote schedule. We will re-assess our ability to increase staffing and to resume in-person hearings at the end of the month of December, and will keep you informed.
With respect to the Registry, staffing in the Registry Office will be reduced by 50% beginning Monday, November 30, 2020 and continuing until December 31, 2020. As half of the Registry Staff will be working remotely, we strongly encourage you to do your business with the Registry virtually. Beginning November 30, 2020, you may speak with a Registry Staff Member on video conference in the Virtual Registry Monday through Friday from 9am to 11am and from 2:15pm to 3:30pm. The link for the Virtual Registry is https://www.mass.gov/service-details/barnstable-probate-and-family-court-virtual-registry. In addition, you are strongly encouraged to E file your cases where possible. The following case types may be E filed: 1A and 1B Divorces, Voluntary Personal Representative Statements, Informal Petitions, Formal Petitions and Guardianships of Incapacitated Persons. Please visit the E file link at https://efilema.tylerhost.net/ofsweb#e
You may send Emergency pleadings and questions to email@example.com. If the case type can be E filed, you should file the Emergency by E file and call us to let us know there is an Emergency. You may call the Registry at (508) 375-6710.
There is a drop box at the front door by security if it is necessary for you to come to court to file paperwork.
At this time, we will not be taking in person appointments to review old case files until further notice. Please email your request to the email address noted above. We will do our best to get you the information. The Registry will take copy order requests at the Email address above also. Please allow at least 5 business days to process your request.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate these challenging times. We hope that your families are well and we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Register of Probate
Welcome to the Barnstable County Probate and Family Court Registry website. This website is designed to make your Barnstable Probate and Family Court experience more user friendly and helpful. I initiated and launched the first ever website for the Barnstable County Probate and Family Court in 2009. I trust you will find this updated version of the website compatible with your mobile devices. As a result of this upgrade, you will be able to access court information from anywhere at any time of day.
If either my staff or I can be of further assistance, please feel free to call us or send us an email. The list of staff phone extensions and the email request form may be found under the “Contact Us” section.
We look forward to assisting you with any questions you may have when conducting your business with the Barnstable Probate and Family Court.
3195 Main Street, P.O. Box 346 • Barnstable, MA • (508) 375-6710
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