On January 29, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants spoke at the 16th Annual Walk to the Hill in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House. Attorneys from across the state participate in the event to ask lawmakers to protect and increase state funding for programs that provide civil legal aid to state residents in need. The six Associate Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court were also in attendance.
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
- Supreme Judicial Court Announces Approval of Amendments to Mass. R. Crim. P. 12
- Notice Inviting Comment on Provisional Jury Instruction Regarding Eyewitness Evidence
- Supreme Judicial Court Announces New Standing Committee on Eyewitness Identification
- Superior Court Panel Voir Dire Pilot Project Announced
- Notice inviting comments on proposed amendments to SJC Rule 3:13, Rules of the Committee on Professional Responsibility for Clerks of the Courts
- New amicus announcements posted (January 2015)
- Recently transferred cases by the SJC from Appeals Court posted (Jan 2015)
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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.