For Immediate Release - November 04, 2014

Massachusetts Appeals Court to Sit at Fall River Superior Court

A panel of three Massachusetts Appeals Court justices will hear oral arguments in six appeals in a special session to be held at the Fall River Justice Center courthouse Friday. The sitting, part of the Appeals Court's educational outreach program, is open to the public. Teachers and students from Durfee High School are expected to attend.

Oral arguments for each case take approximately thirty minutes. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Case summaries will be available at the court session.

The members of the Appeals Court panel will be: Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, Hon. James Milkey and Hon. Sydney Hanlon. At the conclusion of the oral arguments, time permitting, the panel will conduct an informal question and answer session with students and members of the public on general topics having to do with the Appeals Court. The panel is not able to discuss pending matters heard before the court.

Established in 1972, the Appeals Court is an intermediate court of general appellate jurisdiction. Most appeals from the Trial Court are entered initially in the Appeals Court. Some are then transferred to the Supreme Judicial Court, but a large majority will be decided by the Appeals Court. The Appeals Court also has jurisdiction over appeals from final decisions of three State agencies: the Appellate Tax Board, the Department of Industrial Accidents and the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board.

Supreme Judicial Court Rule 1:19 regarding cameras in the courtroom will apply. Media interested in covering the sitting should contact the Public Information Office in advance.  

Friday, November 7, 2014
9:30 a.m.

Fall River Justice Center
Superior Court, Courtroom 9
186 South Main Street
Fall River, MA