The Judicial Branch’s recent Housing Court recommendation is a great step in the right direction for ensuring a proper forum for foreclosure defense and landlord/tenant cases in Massachusetts.
The Judicial Branch last week submitted a proposal to the Legislature recommending that Housing Court be expanded to all of Massachusetts by 2015. Currently, only a select number of towns/cities in Massachusetts are within the jurisdiction of a Housing Court. Malden, for example, a city where many of my clients reside, is not covered by a Housing Court and requires summary process and other housing cases to be heard in the local District Court or Superior Court.
I support this new proposal because, as anyone who has sat in a summary process session has learned, foreclosure cases (and many landlord/tenant cases) have become really, really complicated matters. Having a court with some specialized knowledge of these cases could go a long way towards having these matters promptly and effectively resolved.