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Boston John J. Moakley Federal Courthouse

The John J. Moakley Federal Courthouse is located in Boston's waterfront Seaport District on Fan Pier and situated along Boston's Harborwalk.  The Courthouse's street address is 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA 02210.  The Courthouse construction was completed in 1998 and it serves as the headquarters for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. It was named after John Joseph Moakley, a Representative for Massachusetts' 9th congressional district from 1973-2001.

There are two public entrances to the Moakley Courthouse: one on Northern Avenue and the other on the Fan Pier Park side. The Fan Pier entrance may be used by employees and all persons with bar cards or media IDs. The general public is directed to enter via the Northern Avenue entrance.

Boston Federal Courthouse Parking

Parking is available in various garages and lots near the Courthouse. Parking fees and availability vary by location and are subject to change. Therefore, visitors are encouraged to check with each parking location for updated rates and availability and/or consider utilizing public transportation options.

  • Fan Pier Garage - 1 Marina Park Drive Boston, MA 02210 - $15 to $38 per day
  • One Seaport Garage - 75 Sleeper St Boston, MA 02210 - $14 to $38 per day
  • 100 Northern Avenue Garage - 100 Northern Ave Boston, MA 02210 - $15 to $38 per day
  • Independence Wharf Garage - 470 Atlantic Avenue Boston, MA 02210 - $18 to $36 per day 

If you are facing Boston federal criminal charges, your case will be handled in the John J. Moakley Federal Courthouse.  The Moakley Federal Courthouse hours for public access is 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Boston Federal Courthouse Attendance Security Information

The U.S. Marshals will require that you show a valid form of photo identification in order to enter the building. Unless you are credentialed to carry them in, no electronics will be permitted inside of the building.

If your loved one has a hearing scheduled in the Boston Federal Courthouse, you can sign up to attend the hearing virtually up to two days in advance of the hearing date.  The process for signing up can be found on the United States District Court website here: https://forms.mad.uscourts.gov/courtlist.html If you need to speak with the Clerk's Office regarding a hearing, you can find the Courthouse Clerk's Office contact information here: https://www.mad.uscourts.gov/general/contact-us.htm and a phone listing can be found here: https://www.mad.uscourts.gov/utils/documents/phonelistpublic.pdf.

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