IMPORTANT NOTICE ON PUBLIC HOURS OF THE COURT
Plymouth County Register of Probate Robert E. McCarthy has announced
that the Plymouth Probate and Family Court will implement new office
hours for public access to the court from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm effective
September 19, 2011 at both the Plymouth and Brockton locations of the
Court consistent with the directive of Chief Justice Paula M. Carey of
the Probate and Family Court Department of the Trial Court. The
directive applies to all Probate and Family Courts in the state.
The purpose of the new hours is to provide added time for the Registry
staff to process current and backlogged cases. Decreases in staff
combined with a Trial Court wide hiring freeze and substantial budget
cuts have caused serious delays in the processing of cases. It is
anticipated that the court will be able to better serve the public,
including litigants and attorneys, by reducing the backlog to ensure the
orderly processing of cases. Trials will continue as scheduled.
Register McCarthy expressed his appreciation to the public and attorneys
for the consideration and cooperation which they have shown to date with
the staff shortages and which he
is confident will continue as the new hours are implemented.