Hingham District Court is a small, lazy courthouse a short distance from Nantasket Beach.
Where is Hingham District Court located?
28 George Washington Blvd
Hingham, MA 02043
What is the Jurisdiction of the Court?
Criminal matters from the local towns of Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Norwell, Rockland and Scituate are addressed in the Hingham court.
What time should I arrive?
Plan on arriving ½ an hour before your scheduled start time (doors open at 8:30 AM) and we will do the same. Hingham generally calls the list promptly at 9:00 AM, so be there on time to avoid a default by missing your call to appear.
Can I bring my phone inside the courthouse?
What if I don’t have a car?
The Hingham District Court is accessible through the Greenbush line of the MBTA. The closest stop to the courthouse is the Nantasket Junction Station which is approximately one mile from the courthouse.
Where do I Park?
There is free parking located at the courthouse. The lot is small and overflow vehicles can park across the street adjacent to the road.
Where should I meet my attorney?
If you are meeting one of our attorneys for the first time, we usually will arrange to meet just beyond the security station near the numerous benches located in the main hallway. If we haven’t met in person yet, and you don’t recognize us from our profile photo, we will call your name. Otherwise, we will usually meet you just outside of the courtroom in which the case is being heard.
Arraignment at Hingham District Court
If you’re in Hingham to appear at an arraignment, check in with the probation department first. This is required and they will not ask you anything about the facts of your case (so you can do this without your attorney). They will ask you for your license and take basic contact and background information. If you have private counsel, let them know and they won’t take any financial information, If you’re looking for a public defender, Probation will evaluate your eligibility based upon the financial information you give.
Where is the Arraignment Session?
Once you are checked in with Probation, you can go to the Arraignment Session. Adult arraignments take place in the First Session courtroom, which is located directly next door to the Adult Probation office (courtroom furthest down on the left as you enter the building). The Juvenile Session is also next door to Adult Probation (first courtroom on the left).
What if I’m there for a Clerk-Magistrate’s Hearing?
You should check in with the Clerk’s office, which is located on the 1st floor, on the right after the security station (again, you can do this without your attorney, as you’re just letting them know that you arrived and confirming the courtroom). If possible, have your Notice with you in case the clerk wants the docket number. They will likely have you sit in the hallway directly in front of the Clerk’s Office until your case is called.
Are Clerk Magistrate’s Hearings public?
In Hingham, they are not, as with most (but not all) Massachusetts District Courts. Only the participants are allowed in the hearing room. They take the view that those who are facing a hearing have not been charged with a crime as yet, and therefore there is no immediate public right to information about the hearing.
Where is the Pre-Trial Conference Session?
Pre-Trial Conferences are generally held in the First Session courtroom, which is the same as the Arraignment Session (courtroom furthest down on the left as you enter the building).
Where is the Trial Session?
Trials are usually held in the courtroom located on the 1st Floor, down the hallway located adjacent to the security station. However, this varies and we will let you know which courtroom to go to.
Is there anywhere good to eat?
Unfortunately, there are no restaurants within walking distance of the courthouse, although there is a small cafeteria on the lower level. If you get in your car and take a right out of the parking lot, you will quickly arrive at Nantasket Beach where there are a variety of options along the ocean.
Marvel’s lunch box is a local seafood institution, although it is only open during the summer season.