Expanded video conferencing to take effect in response to COVID-19

BILLERICA, Mass. – In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more court appearances will happen by video conference beginning next week for those in custody at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction.

“I want to thank the Judiciary for expanding video conferencing as we all attempt to balance access to the courts and the need to maintain public health during this ongoing situation,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, who worked with judicial officials on the order.  “This will reduce the numbers of individuals we will need to transport to courts on a daily basis, while ensuring matters involving those same individuals are not delayed.”

The order issued by Chief Justice of the District Court Paul Dawley, among others things, allows those in the custody of sheriffs to be arraigned by video conference.  The order will be in effect through May 1.