BOSTON (AP) — Several courts in Massachusetts are staying open until 7 p.m. on two Tuesdays each month in an effort to make courts more convenient and accessible to the public.

The pilot program began about a month ago in the Boston Municipal Court, Housing Court and Probate and Family Court Departments of the Brooke Courthouse in Boston.

The extended court hours are for specifically-designated types of cases. Hearings will be pre-scheduled by agreement of both sides of each case.

The pilot program is designed to make courts more convenient for certain segments of the public who find it difficult to get to court during the day. Courts normally close at 4:30 p.m.

The next session is scheduled Tuesday.

The court clerks' offices and Registry of Probate will not be open to the public during the extended hours.