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.

Co-chaired by Justice David A. Lowy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, and Rachelle G. Cohen, Editorial Page Editor, Boston Herald, the Supreme Judicial Court's Judiciary-Media Committee consists of judges from the Appellate Courts and the Trial Court departments, the United States District Court, clerk magistrates, editors of major newspapers statewide, radio and television executives, representatives of the state's two largest bar associations, the executive directors of the Massachusetts Judges Conference and the Flaschner Judicial Institute, and the court's public information officer.

Committee meetings are held in Boston several times a year. Each meeting usually begins with a guest speaker, alternating between the judiciary and the media. Topics have ranged from issues pertaining to cameras in the courtroom, media coverage of high-profile trials, and access to court documents and proceedings, to name a few. A portion of the meeting is also devoted to planning and implementing current and future projects.

The Judiciary-Media Committee has produced, updated, and distributed to judges, clerks, and the media the publication, Guidelines on the Public's Right of Access to Judicial Proceedings and Records, a compilation of statutes, rules and case law governing access to records and proceedings. The Committee has sponsored regional conferences for judges, clerks and the media, Law School for Journalists programs, and other such activities designed to promote better communication and understanding between the judiciary and the media. A Response Team of several committee members was also established to assist with advice to courts and the media with issues requiring timely attention.

Committee Members

Hon. David A. Lowy (Co-Chair), Associate Justice, Supreme Judicial Court  

Kevin J. Claffey, First Assistant Clerk, Hampden Superior Court

Hon. John J. Curran, Jr. (Ret.), First Justice, Leominster District Court  

Hon. Wilbur P. Edwards, Jr., Associate Justice, Southeastern Housing Court

Hon. E. Susan Garsh, Associate Justice, Superior Court
Hon. Nancy Gertner (Ret.), U.S. District Court Judge  

Hon. Randy J. Kaplan, Associate Justice, Middlesex Probate and Family Court

Hon. Rudolph Kass (Ret.), Appeals Court

Hon. Barbara A. Lenk, Associate Justice, Supreme Judicial Court

Hon. Stephen M. Limon, Associate Justice, Suffolk Juvenile Court  

Hon. Paul F. LoConto, First Justice, Worcester District Court

Hon. Keith Long, Associate Justice, Land Court

Hon. Tracy-Lee Lyons, Associate Justice, Boston Municipal Court

Cynthia Robinson Markey, Legal Counsel to the Chief Justice, Boston Municipal Court

Hon. David A. Mills, Associate Justice, Appeals Court

Andrew P. Quigley, First Assistant Clerk, Hingham District Court  

Christopher Reavey, Clerk Magistrate, Franklin/Hampshire Juvenile Court


Rachelle G. Cohen (Co-Chair), Editorial Page Editor, Boston Herald

Robert J. Ambrogi, Executive Director, Mass. Newspaper Publishers Assoc.  

Bill Kole, New England Bureau Chief, Associated Press

Mary Jo Meisner, Vice President for Communications, Community Relations and Public Affairs, The Boston Foundation  

Sam Fleming/John Davidow, News Director, WBUR

Susan A. Bocamazo, Esq., Publisher, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly

Tom Melville, Former News Director, New England Cable News, Executive Director, New England Newspaper and Press Association  

Rachelle Cohen, Editorial Page Editor, Boston Herald

Bob Kievra, City Editor, Worcester Telegram and Gazette  

Mike Bello, Assistant Metro Editor, The Boston Globe  

Larry A. McDermott, Member Emeritus

Lisa Strattan, Editor in Chief, Fall River Herald News/Taunton Gazette

Meg Burton, Assistant News Editor, Cape Cod Times


Jonathan M. Albano, Bingham McCutchen LLP

Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP

Robert A. Bertsche, Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye LLP

Martin Healy, Legal Counsel, Massachusetts Bar Association

Robert Brink, Executive Director, Social Law Library  

Joseph B. McDonough, Esq., Fellow - International Rule of Law Initiative, Center for Democracy and Development, University of Massachusetts - Boston
Mary Rafferty, Senior Assistant – Administration & Communications, Executive Office of the Trial Court  

Jennifer Donahue, Public Information Officer, Supreme Judicial Court

Robert Clayman, Executive Director, Mass. Judges Conference