Federal Agency Links

Federal Agency Links


The Judicial Branch
United States Courts

The U.S. Courts were created under Article III of the Constitution to administer justice fairly and impartially, within the jurisdiction established by the Constitution and Congress. Learn more about the Judicial Branch and its work.

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Federal Court Rules and Policies

The federal rules of practice and procedure govern litigation in the federal courts. This site provides access to the federal rules and forms in effect, information on the rulemaking process (including proposed and pending rules amendments), and historical and archival records.

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Federal Judicial Center (FJC)

The Federal Judicial Center is the research and education agency of the judicial branch of the U.S. government. The Center was established by Congress in 1967 (28 U.S.C. §§ 620–629). Learn more about the federal judiciary.

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PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records)

The Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) service provides electronic public access to federal court records. PACER provides the public with instantaneous access to more than 1 billion documents filed at all federal courts.

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U.S. Sentencing Commission

The U.S. Sentencing Commission, a bipartisan, independent agency located in the judicial branch of government, was created by Congress in 1984 to reduce sentencing disparities and promote transparency and proportionality in sentencing.

The Commission collects, analyzes, and distributes a broad array of information on federal sentencing practices. The Commission also continuously establishes and amends sentencing guidelines for the judicial branch and assists the other branches in developing effective and efficient crime policy. Learn the basics of federal sentencing.

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Federal Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit hears appeals from the United States District Courts for the Districts of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island. On this site you will find information about the Court's Clerk's Office, the Circuit Executive's Office and the Library, as well as historical information about the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Included, as well, are links to directions, the courthouse visitors policy, and information for the press and public.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Massachusetts

The official website for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services, Massachusetts

The official website for the United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the District of Massachusetts. The probation court's vision is to deliver the highest quality services recognized nationally, by creating an environment of respect, support and leadership that inspires cooperation and innovation. On this site you will find information regarding policies, standard forms, directions to our offices and information related to sentencing.

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Federal Defender's Office

The Federal Public Defender Office for the U.S. District of Massachusetts opened in Boston in 1980.

The Federal Public Defender Office represent individuals who cannot afford to hire an attorney in federal criminal cases and related matters. They also provide training and education to attorneys who are on the Criminal Justice Act panels in our districts. This office is assigned to cases by the U.S. District Courts and by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

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Central Violations Bureau (CVB)

The Central Violations Bureau (CVB) is a national center charged with processing violation notices (tickets) issued and payments received for petty offenses committed on federal property.

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U.S. Government
U.S. House of Representatives

As per the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives propose, author, and vote on federal legislation that touches upon all aspects of U.S. domestic and foreign policy. The House is one of Congress's two chambers (the other is the U.S. Senate), and part of the federal government's legislative branch.

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U.S. Senate

As per the Constitution, the U.S. Senate propose, author, and vote on federal legislation that touches upon all aspects of U.S. domestic and foreign policy. The House is one of Congress's two chambers (the other is the U.S. House of Representatives), and part of the federal government's legislative branch.

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The White House

The official website of the White House.

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U.S. Census

The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation's leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. The U.S. Census Bureau has been headquartered in Suitland, Md. since 1942. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. The Library preserves and provides access to a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage you in your intellectual and creative endeavors.

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State Agency Links


Massachusetts
Massachusetts State Courts

The Massachusetts court system consists of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, the Executive Office of the Trial Court, the 7 Trial Court departments, the Massachusetts Probation Service, and the Office of Jury Commissioner.

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Massachusetts State Courts

Official website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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