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Framingham City, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Crime Index

Framingham Crime Index

The city of Framingham, Massachusetts, is currently experiencing a downward trend in the rate of reported crimes. In 2019, the overall crime in Framingham city reduced by 3.16% in comparison to that of 2018, according to the Massachusetts Crime Statistics. There was a total of 2,052 reported crimes, accounting for 627 violent crimes, 1321 property crimes, and 55 drunk-driving cases (OUIs).

A further breakdown of violent crimes shows

  • 1 murder
  • 3 reported rapes
  • 29 robberies
  • 246 aggravated assaults

Also, the recorded property crimes consisted of

  • 168 burglaries
  • 664 larcenies
  • 2 reported cases of arson
  • 32 motor vehicle thefts

With 2,052 reported crimes, Framingham city has a crime rate of 2,806 crimes per 100,000 persons. While the city is recording a slight drop in crime, this figure makes Framingham city relatively less safe in comparison to other cities in Massachusetts.

Framingham city is also home to Framingham State University, and one college campus. The college campus is one of the three campuses under Massachusetts Bay Community College, and it partly serves as an extension of the college.

Framingham District Court

The Framingham District Court is a trial court that hears civil cases, criminal cases, cases bordering on mental health, cases involving juveniles, and housing cases and holds in-person hearings.

Framingham District Court

600 Concord Street

PO Box 1969

Framingham, MA, 01701

Phone: (508) 875-7461 (Clerk’s Office)

Phone: (508) 875-5241 (Probation Department)

Phone: (508) 620-3213 (ADA accessibility)

Email: cmframinghamdc@jud.state.ma.us 
Court’s Business Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday

Following the COVID-19 pandemic protocols, the Court is open to the public for limited purposes. Specific cases still require an in-person hearing. Other cases are handled by email, telephone, videoconferencing, and other appropriate means.

In 2019, the Framingham District Court received criminal cases involving 2,148 defendants.

Housing Court

The Central Housing Court - Marlborough Session hears cases involving the use of residential properties in Framingham. The court hears both civil and criminal cases and holds in-person hearings at its location.

Central Housing Court - Marlborough Session

45 Williams Street

Marlborough District Court

Marlborough, MA, 01752

Phone: (508) 831-2050 (Worcester) (Clerk’s Office)

Phone: (508) 831-2050 (Worcester) (Housing Specialist Department)

Email: CentralHousingCourt@jud.state.ma.us

Phone: (508) 831-2065, (508) 831-2066 (ADA accessibility)

Court’s Business Hours: 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays

The Housing Court is open with limited personnel. While the court currently conducts in-person hearings, most hearings are virtual. Litigants are advised to visit the Virtual Court Service Center as they give assistance regarding the processes of some housing cases handled virtually. For further inquiries and assistance, interested parties may contact the Clerk’s Office and the Housing Specialist Department by phone.

In 2019, the Central Division of Massachusetts Housing Courts recorded 113 criminal cases.

Middlesex County Juvenile Court

The Middlesex County Juvenile Court in Framingham hears matters involving guardians, juvenile delinquency, and youthful offenders. Usually, the court holds in-person hearings at

Framingham Juvenile Court

110 Mount Wayte Avenue

Framingham, MA, 01702

Phone: (508) 879-3561 (Clerk’s Office and Probation Department)

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

Phone: (978) 441-3151 x3, (617) 494-4110 x226, (617) 494-4110 x258 (ADA accessibility)

Court’s Business Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

The Framingham Juvenile Court currently handles most cases virtually but is open to the public for limited purposes. The court receives and handles both emergency and non-emergency cases, but priority is given to emergency cases. The court may switch to an in-person hearing in situations where a virtual hearing has become impractical. Emergency matters are scheduled through the Clerk’s Office. For non-emergency matters, petitioners may consult the Clerk’s Office for guidance.

According to the 2019 Juvenile Court report which classifies case filings by Counties, there were 60 cases relating to crime in Middlesex County. This figure accounts for one adult criminal case, one case of criminal contempt, 43 cases of substance abuse, 15 cases involving a youthful offender, and 789 cases of juvenile delinquency.

Middlesex Probate and Family Court

The Middlesex Probate and Family Court North - Lowell hears cases involving probate proceedings, marriage dissolution, paternity, custody, etcetera from Framingham city. The court holds at

Middlesex Probate and Family Court North - Lowell

370 Jackson Street

5th floor

Lowell, MA, 01852

Phone: (978) 656-7700

Phone: (978) 619-1014 (Clerk’s Office)

Phone: (978) 619-1015 (Probation Department)

Phone: (978) 619-1016 (Secretaries)


Court’s Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

The court is currently open for limited purposes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Court visitors must wear a mask and go through screening procedures. Only court personnel and specified individuals have access to the courthouse. The court conducts most of its hearings virtually. However, trials and evidentiary hearings may be conducted in-person.

In 2019, the Probate and Family Court total filings report, which is classified by Counties, shows there were 2,417 total cases of contempt in Middlesex County Probate and Family Court.

Massachusetts Land Court

Most matters involving real property are handled by the Massachusetts Land Court. The court holds in-person hearings at its location.

Massachusetts Land Court

3 Pemberton Square

Boston, MA, 02108

Phone: (617) 788-7470 (Recorder’s Office and Virtual Recorder Office)

Email: LandCourt.Title@jud.state.ma.us (Land Court Title Examination Department)

Email: LandCourt.Survey@jud.state.ma.us (Land Court Survey Department)

Email: LandCourt.Emergency@jud.state.ma.us (Land Court Emergency)

Phone: (617) 788-7474 (ADA Accessibility)

Fax: (617) 788-8953 (ADA Accessibility)

Court’s business hours: Mondays to Fridays, between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The court is open for limited purposes and requires visitors to follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines. The court currently handles most of its cases virtually to the extent it deems practicable. Also, drop-in visits to the Recorder’s Office are not allowed unless for emergency purposes.

When conducting its in-person hearings, the court is not restricted to its formal address and may move its session to other locations within Massachusetts.

Middlesex County Superior Court

Civil matters above $50,000, matters involving medical malpractices, labor disputes containing a plea for injunctive reliefs, and all felony matters come under the jurisdiction of the Middlesex County Superior Court which serves Framingham city.

Middlesex County Superior Court

200 Trade Center

2nd Floor

Woburn, MA, 01801

Phone: (781) 939-2700 (Clerk’s Office)

Phone: (781) 939-2700 x2802 (ADA accessibility)

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

Court’s Business Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

However, the court currently grants limited access to the public and handles most cases virtually. Also, the court categorizes some civil and criminal cases into in-person hearing and virtual hearing.

People can contact the Clerk’s Office by email or phone. The same telephone number works for the Probation Department.

According to the Superior Court department record for the year 2019, there were 1,142 criminal case entries from Middlesex County. ‘Criminal cases’ include criminal indictments, criminal complaints, bail petitions, Sexually Dangerous Persons (SDP) appeals, grand jury matters, and youthful offenders cases.

Massachusetts Appeals Court

The Massachusetts Appeals Court is one of the two Appellate Courts that serve Framingham city. The court receives cases from all trial courts. It also receives cases from the Department of Industrial Accidents, the Appellate Tax Board, and the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board. The court considers all appeals, except those involving first-degree murder.

Massachusetts Appeals Court - John Adams Courthouse

1 Pemberton Square

Boston, MA, 02108

Phone: (617) 921-4443

Phone: (617) 723-1502 (ADA accessibility)

Court’s Business Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appeals Court hears most cases virtually, and only specific people have access to the courthouse. The Clerk’s Office is still performing its function of case-processing. Emergency matters requiring immediate review must be brought to the attention of the Clerk’s Office through the court’s main telephone number.

The court makes provision for ADA services. However, concerned individuals must make requests for such services 72 hours beforehand. People can make inquiries regarding ADA services by telephone.

While the Appeals Court in-person hearings are open to the public, only registered members of the news media may use electronic devices in the court, make a recording, or take photographs.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court serves Framingham city. It is the second Appellate Court and the highest court in Massachusetts. The court receives and hears a wide range of appeals, both civil and criminal, and has exclusive appellate jurisdiction over cases involving first-degree murder. The Supreme Judicial Court holds in-person hearings at

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court - John Adams Courthouse

1 Pemberton Square

Boston, MA, 02108

Phone: (617) 557-1140 (ADA accessibility)

The Supreme Judicial Court currently conducts most of its hearings virtually.

For inquiries and assistance regarding case filings, individuals may contact the appropriate Supreme Judicial Court Office.

Requests for ADA services must be made 72 hours in advance by phone.

Framingham State University

Framingham State University is the only university in Framingham city located at

Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA, 01701-9101.

Phone: (508) 620-1220.

The general crime statistics for the university include the crime that occurs on both the campus and the on-campus student housing facilities. In 2018, the school reported 29 criminal cases. 16 of these cases were on the campus, while 13 were within the on-campus student housing facilities. This figure accounts for:

  • 6 cases of rape;
  • 6 cases of fondling;
  • 2 cases of aggravated assault;
  • and 15 burglaries.

No criminal offenses reportedly occurred on public property.

Massachusetts Bay Community College

Massachusetts Bay Community College is located at

Massachusetts Bay Community College - Framingham Campus

19 Flagg Drive

Framingham, MA, 01702-5928.

Phone: (508) 270-4000.

Email: info@massbay.edu.

The Massachusetts Bay Community College has not recorded any criminal case for three consecutive years except for two reported cases of fondling in 2018 on the college’s main campus.