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.
Upcoming Sessions Around the State
The Massachusetts Appeals Court has received reports of an email scam, in which emails purporting to come from a court clerk or a law firm with business at the Appeals Court are being sent to persons across the country. The email states it is a notice informing the recipient they are required to appear in the Massachusetts Appeals Court for a hearing in a case involving the recipient. The email then instructs the recipient to click on a hyperlink to view the court notice or to learn further information about the case.
The emails are false and are not from the Appeals Court nor reference an actual case in the Court. Please ignore the email and delete it. Do not reply to the sender or click on any links the email may contain or you could encounter a virus. The Appeals Court does not summon people to appear at the Court. Unless a person is actively involved in a case in the Appeals Court and has registered to receive court notifications electronically, the Court generally will not send electronic notices.