MWI District & Municipal Court Resource Page – Newton District Court

Types of cases:

Small Claims & Summary Process

1309 Washington Street
West Newton, MA 02465


Day/Time of Mediation:
Small Claims: Wednesdays at 10:00 AM
Summary Process: Fridays at 10:00 AM

Key People at the Court

    • First Justice: Hon. Mary E. Heffernan
    • Clerk Magistrate: Henry H. Shultz
    • Small Claims Coordinator: Renee Stewart
    • Summary Process Coordinator: Doreen Antonellis


Public parking is available in designated areas on Washington Street as well as in the public lot behind and to the left of the courthouse. Bring coins for meters.


Small claims cases are called in courtroom one on the first floor. Mediators sit on the far side of the room as close to the front of the public seating section as possible. The clerk then introduces the mediation program and calls the small claims list, offering mediation to each party.

Metropolitan Mediation also covers small claims sessions so there may be other mediators there. If so, introduce yourself to the MMS mediator(s) in attendance that day and confirm which program is up first in the rotation for getting the first case.


There is a small room available on the first floor directly off the lobby that is utilized for mediation. If that room has already been taken, check in with the clerk’s office to find out about utilizing the second mediation room downstairs.


Bring the file with any agreements reached to the clerk’s office where photocopies can be made. Once you have copies made, give one copy of each form (except the ADR Referral Form) to each party. Put one copy of each form (including ADR Referral Form) in the court folder and bring to the clerk who referred you the case. You should always leave court with one copy of each form that was utilized for the mediation.

For More Information

Please contact Clarice Parsons at cparsons@mwi.org or 617-895-4030.