GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The state is trying to expand services to people with and without legal representation in court.
The Edward W. Brook Courthouse in Boston and the Franklin County Courthouse in Greenfield are the first to have these Court Service Centers. But the Franklin County Courthouse has a large library of legal literature that accompanies their center.
The court house on Main Street in Greenfield is under construction and will be for three years. In the meantime, the court has been moved to Munson Street. The entire legal library has moved with it, and inside is also one of the state’s first Court Service Centers.
You can find assistance with preparing pleadings, court forms, public computers, and someone to help you interpret legal matters.
Miyah Odle of South Deerfield tole 22News it’s nice to know that you can find a place where you can find your own voice. She said, “I feel like it’s a good choice for the community because people have their own say in court, instead of the lawyers standing up and speaking for them.”
The center also provides community resources, legal assistance programs, and social service agencies. The Court Service Center is open during regular court hours 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday except legal holidays.