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The Appeals Court provides access to certain case information online.  Learn how to search for what you need, including docket entries, oral argument calendars and decisions issued by the court.

Search Appeals Court Dockets Online for Case Information

Docket entries in cases heard by the Appeals Court (except for fully impounded cases) may be searched at the website address www.ma-appellatecourts.org . No passwords are necessary. Searches may be conducted by docket number, involved party, attorney appearance, lower court, or lower court judge. The information is posted daily in an effort to provide attorneys, litigants, the media and the general public with easy access to up-to-date appellate case docket information. Actual case documents that are deemed "public information" are available for public inspection at the court's clerk's office. Documents in impounded cases may only be viewed at the court clerk's office, only by the counsel or party of record with proper identification. 

Note: These online services are provided by the appellate courts’ case management system vendor. Viewers are advised that the official court file is the tangible one located at the court and not this website. For more information about the source, coverage, and currency of what is made available on this website, visit http://ma-appellatecourts.org/help_about.php.

Oral Arguments

Oral arguments are hearings in which appealing parties, or their attorneys arguing on their behalf, have an opportunity to present their case to a panel of justices and tell them why they believe errors of law were made at the trial court or by the state agency where the case was first heard. These oral argument sessions are open to the public.

Search here to access Appeals Court schedules and calendars of panel sittings and single justice hearings.

For more information about whether you are entitled to oral argument in your case, what to expect when you plan to argue before a panel of justices, or how to plan a visit to the John Adams Courthouse to observe, view our guide to oral argument.

You may purchase a CD of an appellate argument in a case heard by the Appeals Court, here.

Search Online for Appeals Court Decisions

Reported decisions of the Appeals Court are available to the public on the day of release through publishers who are not directly associated with the Judicial Branch. To search for decisions or sign up to receive e-mail notification of recently released appellate opinions, visit the Reporter of Decisions website.

All decisions in appeals before the Massachusetts Appeals Court are issued in writing. Generally, they will state whether or not the trial court judgment will be upheld and explain the reasons why. To learn more about the process and when you can expect a decision in your appeal, click here.