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, processes pertinent filings, and serves as the court's liaison to parties or their counsel. The main caseload of the Clerk for the Commonwealth consists of first degree murder appeals, and matters taken from the Appeals Court on its own motion or on further or direct appellate review. In addition, the office receives for decision by the full court: requests for advisory opinions from the Governor, the Governor's Council, or either branch of the Legislature; questions of law certified by federal courts or certain other courts; original entries involving the discipline of clerks of courts and judges; appeals from decisions of the single justice; reservations and reports of the single justice; and interlocutory appeals and gatekeeper matters allowed by the single justice. Court sessions are scheduled during the first full week of the month, from September to May.

Announcements

  • SJC Full Bench Recently Transferred Cases

    The most recent cases transferred by the Supreme Judicial Court from the Appeals Court are viewable on this page.

  • Amicus Announcements
    From time to time, the Supreme Judicial Court solicits amicus ("friend of the court") briefs or memoranda from parties not directly involved in a case, but that may have an interest or opinion about a case pending before the court.

Full Bench Links

  • Today's SJC Opinions

    Supreme Judicial Court slip opinions to be released each day are listed by docket and case name at 8 a.m. (EST). The links to all slip opinions listed are live at 10 a.m. (EST). Please note that there may be an occasion when a slip opinion listed at 8 a.m. is not released at 10 a.m. on that day.

  • Watch SJC Oral Arguments

    The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, in cooperation with Suffolk University Law School, broadcasts live webcasts of Supreme Judicial Court oral arguments at the John Adams Courthouse. Oral arguments are available live while the cases are being argued (the first full week of every month from September to May), and may also be viewed at a later time through the Suffolk Law School's archives

  • Full Bench Calendar

    The calendar lists scheduled cases that will be argued before the Supreme Judicial Court's Full Court in a two-month period. 

  • Appellate Courts Docket Search
    Search and view publicly available Supreme Judicial Court cases in the Single Justice or Full Court, the Appeals Court Single Justice or Full Panel, Bar Docket Cases, SJC DAR Applications, SJC FAR Applications, and SJC Original Entry Cases. Users can search by docket number, involved party, attorney appearance, lower court, or lower court judge.
  • Archives of Published Opinions and Unpublished Decisions

    The published opinions of the SJC and Appeals Court released since 2001 are available here, without charge. These opinions are fully searchable. The unpublished decisions pursuant to rule 1:28 of the Appeals Court released since February 25, 2008, are available here, without charge.