Advisory Committee on Ethical Opinions for Clerks of the Courts

The Advisory Committee on Ethical Opinions for Clerks of the Courts provides advisory opinions to Clerks, Registers and their assistants, with respect to the rules of court that govern the ethical and professional conduct of clerks. For more detailed information about the Committee - including information on how to make a request for ethical advice - or to read the applicable court rules or the text of the advisory opinions issued by the Committee, click here

Committee on Judicial Ethics

The Committee on Judicial Ethics provides advisory opinions and informal advice to judges, and to individuals nominated to be judges, with respect to the rules of court that govern the ethical and professional conduct of judges. To learn more about this committee, click here.

Committee on Professional Responsibility for Clerks of the Courts

The Committee may receive information, investigate, and make recommendations to the Supreme Judicial Court with respect to conduct, as defined in Rule 3:13, of any Clerk-Magistrate, as defined in Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:12. Rules governing the Committee's operating procedures were promulgated in 1991. Click here to learn more.

Court Management Advisory Board

Following the recommendation of the Monan Committee, the Massachusetts Legislature in 2003 created the Court Management Advisory Board (the "CMAB") to advise and assist the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Chief Justice for Administration and Management (the "CJAM") on matters pertaining to judicial administration and management and all matters of judicial reform. As mandated by statute, the CMAB is comprised of twelve members, appointed according to the categories of experience set forth in the enabling statute, G.L. 211B, §6A. Learn more.

Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee

The Committee consists of 19 members:  primarily judges and chief justices, two law professors, and two members of the bar.  The objective of the committee is to examine and revise the judicial performance evaluation system that has been in operation since 2001 pursuant to G.L. c. 211, sec. 26. Click here to learn more.

Judiciary-Media Committee

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Judiciary-Media Committee was established in 1995 to help foster good working relationships and to improve better understanding between the judicial branch and the media, both print and electronic. The Committee helps to address and resolve problems, if possible, incurred by the media in gaining access to court proceedings and documents. It also assists judges and court personnel with questions and concerns involving the media. The Committee sponsors judiciary-media programs and conferences throughout the state in an effort to improve understanding and appreciation of the roles and functions of the judiciary and the media. Learn more.

Jury Management Advisory Committee

The Jury Management Advisory Committee is a standing committee of the Supreme Judicial Court and consists of six members, one of whom is appointed as chairman. The chairperson and committee members are appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court  from the justices of any trial or appellate court of the Commonwealth. The committee assists and counsels the Chief Justice and the Supreme Judicial Court in supervising the Office of Jury Commissioner, and assists and counsels the Office of Jury Commissioner in implementing the statutory responsibilities specified in Massachusetts General Law Chapter 234A. Learn more.

Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission

The Commission was created by the Court on February 28, 2005 in response to a proposal developed by the Massachusetts State Planning Board for Civil Legal Services. The Supreme Judicial Court reconstituted the Commission in February 2010.  Twenty-four people serve on the Commission. View the Commission's website to learn more.

Massachusetts Sentencing Commission

The Sentencing Commission promotes truth in sentencing by formulating uniform sentencing policies, developing systematic sentencing guidelines, and integrating intermediate sanctions within the sentencing guidelines. Learn more

Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services

Established in August 1999, the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services works to promote volunteer legal work in Massachusetts to help people of limited means who are in need of legal representation. The Committee administers both the Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards Program and the newly instituted Pro Bono Honor Roll. Learn more.

Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism

The SJC Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism is charged with overseeing the implementation of new SJC Rule 3:16 on Practicing with Professionalism, which requires a mandatory course on professionalism for new lawyers admitted to the Massachusetts bar. The rule is effective on September 1, 2013. The Committee's duties and responsibilities include: designating approved course providers; making recommendations to the Court regarding the fees to be charged for the course and any circumstances under which the fees may be waived; evaluating the course providers; reporting to the Court on at least an annual basis on the implementation of the course and an assessment of whether the program is accomplishing its intended goals and outcomes; and overseeing the administration of all aspects of SJC Rule 3:16. Click here to learn more.

Standing Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure

The Committee reviews issues and proposals concerning the Massachusetts Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure, and reports to the Supreme Judicial Court Rules Committee. Learn more.

Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure

The Committee reviews issues and proposals concerning the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure. It is currently revising all of the rules and commentary which were originally adopted in 1979, and reports to Supreme Judicial Court Rules Committee. Learn more.

Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct

The Committee reviews issues and proposals concerning the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct. (Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:07), and reports to the Supreme Judicial Court Rules Committee. Learn more.