Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants with Retired Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall
On April 10, the Supreme Judicial Court was presented with the portrait of the Honorable Margaret H. Marshall at a formal portrait unveiling ceremony in the Seven Justice Courtroom of the John Adams Courthouse. The Hon. Marshall (Chief Justice, Supreme Judicial Court, 1999-2010) stands here with Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants and the portrait that was painted by artist Mary Hampson Minifie. Click here to learn more. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Jackson/FayFoto)

The Supreme Judicial Court is the Commonwealth's highest appellate court. It consists of a Chief Justice and six Associate Justices. The seven Justices hear appeals on a broad range of criminal and civil cases from September through May and issue written opinions that are posted online. Learn more about the Court.

Supreme Judicial Court Offices

  • Clerk's Office for the Commonwealth

    The Office of the Clerk for the Commonwealth maintains the docket and calendar for the Supreme Judicial Court full bench, attends sessions of the full court, maintains the docket, processes pertinent filings, serves as the court's liaison to parties or their counsel and is the keeper of the records. 

  • Clerk's Office for The County of Suffolk

    The Clerk's Office for the County of Suffolk is primarily responsible for the single justice caseload of the Supreme Judicial Court, matters filed by the Board of Bar Overseers pertaining to attorney discipline and administrative matters affecting members of the bar, and matters relating to admission to the Bar and the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • Office of the Reporter of Decisions

    The Office of the Reporter of Decisions publishes and maintains the official written opinions of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals Court.

  • Public Information Office

    The Public Information Office of the Supreme Judicial Court is the central communications office for media and public inquiries and requests concerning the Massachusetts judicial branch.