Superior Court
The Superior Court is a statewide court of general jurisdiction - handling both criminal and civil actions.  The court’s 82 justices sit in 20 courthouses in all 14 counties of the Commonwealth.  The Superior Court has original jurisdiction in civil actions over $25,000, and in matters where equitable relief is sought.  It also has original jurisdiction in actions including labor disputes where injunctive relief is sought, has exclusive authority to convene medical malpractice tribunals, has appellate jurisdiction over certain administrative proceedings, and may hold sittings for naturalization in any city or town.  The court has exclusive original jurisdiction of first degree murder cases and original jurisdiction of all other crimes.

SJC Committee Seeks Lawyer Response in Evaluation of Superior Court Judges in Suffolk and Middlesex Counties

As part of the ongoing program to evaluate and enhance judicial performance, the Supreme Judicial Court is seeking response from attorneys who practice before the Superior Courts in Suffolk and Middlesex Counties. The SJC asks that any attorney who receives an email inviting them to log in and complete a questionnaire should take the time to complete it, as the more responses received, the more helpful the judicial evaluations will be. The SJC's evaluation program is the best opportunity for attorneys to offer their opinions of the members of the judiciary in an anonymous, confidential process.  The evaluation period is from the end of February to the beginning of April. To learn more, or to get a copy of the questionnaire, click on the "learn more" link below or send an email to Mona.Hochberg@sjc.state.ma.us.

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