On July 28, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants (center front) met with high school students participating in this year's Supreme Judicial Court Judicial Youth Corps program. Chief Justice Gants talked about his experiences as a lawyer and a judge, the judicial branch and the role of the appellate courts within the judicial branch of government.
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.
News & Announcements
- Pro Bono Honor Roll Certification Materials for Law Students for Calendar Year 2015 Now Available
- Notice: Committee on Juror Voir Dire Final Report and Statement from SJC Justices
- SJC Judicial Youth Corps Students from Boston and Worcester Participate in Mock Trial, Graduation Ceremony
- Supreme Judicial Court Justices' Statement on Approval of Trial Court Rule XIV on Uniform Rules on Public Access to Court Records
- New SJC Rule 3:10, Statement from the Justices and Description of Major Revisions (Effective November 1, 2016)
- Notice of Vacancies on the Board of Bar Examiners
- Notice: Adoption of Uniform Bar Examination
New Rule 15 and Standing Order: The Supreme Judicial Court has approved amendments to Rule 15 of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure, concerning Interlocutory Appeal (applicable to District Court and Superior Court), and has also amended the relevant Standing Order, both effective August 1, 2016. Learn more about New Rule 15 and the amended Standing Order.
- Pro Bono Honor Roll materials for calendar year 2015 now available
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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.