The Attleboro District Court hears criminal and civil court cases originating in the towns of Attleboro, Mansfield, North Attleboro, and Norton.
In addition, Massachusetts State police traffic stops that result in arrests along sections of I-95, 495, and 295 are also addressed in the Attleboro district court. So there are a fair number of OUI cases in this courtroom. This jurisdiction also includes the Xfinity Center at Great Woods concert arena in Mansfield. During the summer concert season, a lot of drug charges and minor alcohol possession citations resulting from security sweeps at events at that venue find their way to this courthouse.
Where is the Attleboro District Court located?
It is in downtown Attleboro, located at:
88 North Main Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
Can I park near the Attleboro District Court?
Yes, there is a parking lot behind the Court, but it is small and fills up quickly. There are also pay lots nearby and metered parking on the street.
Can I get there via public transportation?
Yes. There are local bus routes from many local towns via the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) from as far away as Plymouth. You can use the transit route planner on their website if you are traveling from the towns Duxbury, Franklin, Kingston, Mansfield, Marshfield, Medway, Middleborough, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Plymouth, Raynham, Seekonk, Taunton and Wareham.
Attleboro is also a major stop on the Providence/Stoughton line of the MBTA commuter rail from South Station in Boston.
Attleboro Station is a half mile south of the Attleboro courthouse directly down N. Main St (Route 152).
Can I bring my cell phone in the courthouse?
No, security restricts electronic devices, including cell phones, tablets, and laptops from being brought into the building.
Where do I go for an Arraignment in Attleboro District court?
Once you go through security, you will reach a hallway. To the right is the Arraignment Session and the Probation Department.
You need to check in at the probation department before going into the courtroom for an arraignment. Probation will evaluate you for a court appointed attorney if you qualify as indigent. If you know you don’t, you don’t have to go through the evaluation.
You don’t absolutely need an attorney for an arraignment, although it is a good idea.
If you don’t have a lawyer with you, the arraignment process is very simple.
- Wait for your name to be called for arraignment.
- Stand up before the court as instructed, while they read the formal charges against you.
- Plead not guilty.
- Ask the court for a copy of the police report! Your attorney will want this to evaluate your case and discuss legal defense options.
- The court will give you another date for a pretrial conference where you can discuss your case in detail with the prosecution and your attorney, and possibly work out a deal, or file motions and start preparing for trial.
What about a Clerk Magistrate’s Hearing in Attleboro?
Clerks Hearings are held downstairs, which is accessible via the stairwell directly in front of you when you walk in the building.
Check in with the Clerk’s Office to double check if you aren’t sure.
You are not required to have an attorney represent you at a Clerk Magistrate’s hearing, since you technically have not been charged with a crime. However, since this hearing is often your best chance to win the case before it even starts, it is definitely in your interest to have someone represent you. Talk to us first if you got a criminal citation to appear at a Clerk Magistrate’s hearing.
Is there anywhere to eat near the courthouse?
Yes. There is a Dunkin’ Donuts next door to the courthouse.
For real food, there are a number of spots in the center of town just down North Main Street. There is Four Seasons Japanese, Hong Kong Treasures Chinese, and Sangria’s Tapas. Your pizza options are Park St and Eli’s, which also has Shawarma.