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Braintree City, Massachusetts Crime Index

Braintree Crime Index

In 2019, the City of Braintree, Norfolk County, experienced an increase in its crime rate by 9.15% compared with 2018, with an estimated 2,921 crimes per 100,000 people. Official records disclosed the city recorded a total of 45 violent crimes, 486 property crimes, and 42 OUI offenses in 2019.

The violent crimes included

  • Zero homicides
  • Three rapes
  • Four robberies
  • 38 aggravated assaults

The property crimes included

  • 52 burglaries
  • 417 larcenies
  • 17 motor vehicle thefts
  • One arson

Compared to the 2018 crime statistics, there was a decrease in cases of robbery by 50%, aggravated assault by 16%, motor vehicle theft by 71%, arson by 50%, and OUI offenses by 9%. There was an increase in cases of rape from zero to three, burglary by 6%, and larceny by 2%. The rate of homicides remained the same.

Norfolk Superior Court

The Norfolk County Superior Court serves Braintree city. The Court has jurisdiction over civil actions over $50,000 and in matters where the plaintiff seeks equitable relief. The Court also has jurisdiction over labor disputes in which the plaintiff seeks injunctive relief. The Court has broad jurisdiction over all criminal cases.

The Court opens from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The court offers remote virtual court services and hears certain cases by video or phone. Residents may still need to visit the Court physically to

  • Attend physical proceedings
  • Meet a staff person or probation officer
  • Obtain information about the court process
  • Carry out business in other offices in the courthouse that are open to the public

The Norfolk County superior court provides public access to its records. The records can either be obtained at the Court or online through the Massachusetts Trial Court Electronic Case Access. Audio recordings of selected cases may be available to the public as determined by the court. Interested parties may request audio recordings. The applicable fee may depend on how old the case is. Interested parties may contact the court at

Norfolk County Superior Court

650 High Street,

Dedham, MA 02026

Phone: (781) 326-1600

Email: Norfolk.clerksoffice@jud.state.ma.us

Quincy District Court

The Quincy District Court serves Braintree City. The Court’s criminal jurisdiction includes all felonies that are punishable with an imprisonment term of five years or less. It also includes some specific crimes that are punishable with an imprisonment term of more than five years, violations of by-laws, and violations of city and town ordinances. The Court’s civil jurisdiction extends over small claims up to $7,000 and cases in which the damages are unlikely to be more than $50,000. The Quincy Court includes an Adult Drug Court and a Mental Health Court.

The Court can order

  • Administrative search warrants
  • Criminal search warrants
  • Arrest warrants
  • Detention of an individual arrested without an arrest warrant if there is probable cause
  • Abuse prevention orders
  • Harassment prevention orders
  • Extreme risk protection orders

The Court conducts virtual hearings and participants may join these hearings by video or phone. The Court will notify parties to a virtual hearing and provide them with the necessary information.

Parties may file processes for small claims, civil, and supplementary processes electronically.

In the 2020 fiscal year, the Quincy District Court received case filings including 4,345 defendants and 486 search warrants.

The Court opens from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Quincy District Court

1 Dennis Ryan Parkway,

Quincy, MA 02169

Phone: (617) 471-1650

Email: cmquincydc@jud.state.ma.us

Metro-South Housing Court - Brockton Session

The Metro-South Housing Court, Brockton Session, serves Braintree. The Court has both criminal and civil jurisdiction. The cases brought before the court usually concern the health, welfare, and safety of residential house owners and occupants. The Court’s jurisdiction extends to cases concerning

  • Summary process (eviction)
  • Small claims
  • Personal injury, property damage, discrimination, breach of contract, and other claims
  • Criminal cases to enforce local ordinances or state codes on residential housing

Matters solely concerning the commercial property are not within the court’s jurisdiction. Court records are available to the general public, except for cases exempted from public access. Interested parties may obtain records online and physically at the Court Clerk’s Office. The Court has Housing Specialists who assist individuals in filing their cases and provide information on housing. Parties may utilize the court’s eFiling services for cases concerning summary processes, supplementary processes, and small claims. Virtual hearings allow parties to attend hearings by phone or video.

The Housing Court may also grant search warrants.

The Metro-South Housing Court received a total of 5,492 case filings and 1,384 Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) filings in the 2020 fiscal year. The Court completed 2,463 cases in the year.

The Court opens on weekdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Metro-South Housing Court

215 Main St., Suite 160,

Brockton, MA 02301

Phone: (508) 894-4170

Email: MetroSouthHousingCourt@jud.state.ma.us

Norfolk County Juvenile Court - Quincy Session

The Norfolk County Juvenile Court, Quincy Session, has both criminal and civil jurisdiction over cases concerning juveniles. The Court’s jurisdiction includes cases involving

  • Children requiring assistance
  • Delinquency
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship
  • Youthful offenders
  • Proceedings for the termination of parental rights
  • Care and protection
  • Contribution to the delinquency of a minor by an adult

In the 2020 fiscal year, the Norfolk County Juvenile Court recorded 1,280 filed cases. The cases included both civil and criminal cases.

Court hours are between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays to Friday

Norfolk County Juvenile Court

1 Dennis Ryan Parkway,

Quincy, MA 02169

Phone: (617) 376-7505

Email: norfolk-jccallctr@jud.state.ma.us

Massachusetts Land Court

The Massachusetts Land Court has statewide jurisdiction and hears matters relating to registering real property titles and settling disputes in connection with the registration. The Court has exclusive jurisdiction over cases involving foreclosure and redemption of real estate tax liens. It has concurrent jurisdiction over fulfillment of real estate contracts and deciding petitions to partition real estate. The Permit Session of the Land court addresses cases involving certain uses of land and environmental permits.

For the 2019 Fiscal Year, the Court recorded a total caseload of 30,199 cases. The total petitions for approvals before the Court were 128 for Condominiums and 1,871 deed approvals.

The Court opens from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Although the Court is in Boston, it may hold its session anywhere in Massachusetts. Interested persons may obtain virtual assistance from the Land Court Virtual Recorder’s office.

Land Court

3 Pemberton Square,

Boston, MA 02108

Norfolk Probate and Family Court

The Norfolk Probate and Family Court has jurisdiction over cases concerning family and probate matters, such as

  • Divorce
  • Paternity
  • Child support
  • Custody
  • Parenting time
  • Adoption
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Abuse prevention
  • Wills
  • Estates
  • Trusts
  • Guardianship
  • Change of name

The Court provides remote virtual services including a virtual registry to assist interested parties. Parties to a virtual hearing will be provided with important information and may join either through phone or video. Efiling is also an option for court processes for cases concerning the guardianship of a person who is incapacitated, some divorce cases, and estate and administration.

The Court received 9,381 filed cases in the 2020 fiscal year.

Norfolk Probate and Family Court

35 Shawmut Road,

Canton, MA 02021

Phone: (781) 830-1200

Email: norfolkprobate@jud.state.ma.us

The Court is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Universities and Colleges in Braintree

Braintree municipality does not have any university or college.