AnnouncementsSJC Approves Appeals Court Pilot Program Requiring Filing of Docketing Statement in Criminal Cases
SJC Approves Continuing Appeals Court Pilot Program Requiring Filing of Docketing Statement in Civil Cases
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- Appeals Court Clerk's Guides
- New! Appeals Court Electronic Submissions Guide
- Appeals Court Standing Orders
- Register for E-notification
- Purchase CDs of Oral Argument Recordings - Online
- Pilot Program - Docketing Statements
- Civil Docketing Statement - filable PDF
- Criminal Docketing Statement - filable PDF
- Motion Additional or Corrected Transcript (Civil or Criminal )
The Massachusetts Appeals Court is committed to doing justice under the law by rendering thoughtful, well-reasoned appellate decisions in a timely and efficient manner, treating all those who come before the court fairly and impartially.
Welcome to the official Web site of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. We are pleased that the Internet provides us the opportunity to inform the public about our court and how it functions. In this way, we hope to promote a better understanding of not only the Appeals Court, but also the judicial system of which it is a part.
This Web site was also established to enhance the ability of the Appeals Court to provide important and timely information to litigants and attorneys. Similarly, it is intended to serve as a resource for the media, educators and students. We trust that this electronic initiative will make our court more accessible to the public that we serve.
Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza
Appeals Court Sits in Counties around the Commonwealth
As part of the Appeals Court's continuing outreach program, the Court will hear oral arguments in several locations outside of Suffolk County and beyond the walls of the John Adams Courthouse in Boston, where the court ordinarily sits. As in Boston, the sessions are open to the public with seating allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless otherwise noted, sittings begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. A three judge panel generally hears six cases during each session and arguments take approximately thirty minutes per case.
Check the Appeals Court online calendar regularly to find a sitting in your area and to access public docket information about the cases once they are assigned.
Scheduled sessions outside of Boston in 2013-2014:
Western New England School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield
October 2, 2013
UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Campus Center, 3rd floor - Ballroom B
October 18, 2013
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover
November 7, 2013
UMass School of Law, 333 Faunce Corner Rd., No. Dartmouth
November 14, 2013
Future dates to be announced.
Student groups: Teachers and high school students are invited to observe all or part of a sitting and may contact Tina LaFranchi, at email@example.com or 617-626-7914, to arrange for group seating and an informal educational discussion with the panel members and/or a volunteer attorney.
Media representatives: The SJC Rule for cameras in the courtroom will apply. Interested media representatives should contact the Public Information Office at 617 557 1114 in advance of the sitting.