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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.