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Berkshire County

Inside the Berkshire County Probate & Family Court

In Pittsfield, North Adams and throughout the Berkshires, divorce and parenting matters are heard by one of two judges:

  • Hon. Richard A. Simons, First Justice
  • Hon. David J. Dacyczyn, Associate Justice

Both judges hear motions on Mondays and Thursdays. Judges are assigned randomly by the docket number of the case; Judge Simons handles even-numbered cases (including 9 and 0) and Judge Dacyczyn handles odd-numbered cases (except for 9).

The courthouse is located at 44 Bank Row, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Public transportation is readily available as the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority provides bus service daily throughout the Pittsfield area, as well as destinations from South and North County.

There is also plenty of parking available including some limited street parking around the court complex, as well as city parking lots located in the downtown area on First Street, West Street, Depot Street and Summer Street.

Unique Fact Relating to the Berkshire County Probate & Family Court

In 2014, Berkshire County was one of the first courts to adopt a “Status Inquiry Form For Those Awaiting Decisions.” Parties are permitted to submit their inquiry if (1) it has been 30 days since a motion or Complaint for Contempt was taken under advisement, (2) it has been 60 days since a post-judgment motion was taken under advisement, (3) it has been over 90 days since a Motion for Summary Judgment was taken under advisement, or (4) it has been over five months since a trial was taken under advisement.

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