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.
- Notice to Applicants for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar: The February 2017 application for Petition for Admission to the bar is due on December 9, 2016. Applications must be received on or before the deadline stated in the application (not postmarked). Applications received after the deadline will be returned to sender. The bar exam will be administered on February 22 and 23, 2017 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02199 and at Western New England University School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01119.
- Formal Admission Ceremonies: Formal admission ceremonies for the July 2016 bar exam are scheduled to be held November 16, 17, 18, 21 and 22, 2016. Applicants reported qualified for admission by the Board of Bar Examiners to the Supreme Judicial Court will receive their scheduled appearance date and time with the results from the bar examination.
Clerk for Suffolk County Departments
- Single Justice
This department is responsible for the single justice caseload, or trial court docket, of the Supreme Judicial Court.
- Attorney Services
The Attorney Services department receives and maintains petitions for admission to the Massachusetts bar, coordinates the formal admission ceremony of new attorneys, issues Certificates of Admission and Good Standing, processes applications for student practitioners and attorneys from foreign jurisdictions, applications for licensing of foreign legal consultants, attorney name changes, as well as provides certified copies of Petitions for Admission.
- Bar Docket
This department is responsible for matters filed by the Board of Bar Overseers pertaining to attorney discipline and administrative matters affecting members of the Massachusetts bar. The bar docket's administrative matters may include the appointment of a commissioner in the event of an attorney's death or disappearance, transfer of an attorney to disability inactive status, and the enforcement of a subpoena in connection with investigative proceedings before the Board of Bar Overseers.