A panel of
three Associate Justices of the Massachusetts Appeals
Court will hear oral arguments in five appeals in
a special session to be held on the campus of Berkshire
Community College, Pittsfield. The Pittsfield sitting
is part of the Appeals Court's continuing outreach
to communities outside Boston, where the Court generally
holds its sittings. It also coincides with Berkshire
Community College's 50th Anniversary Celebration.
The session is open to the public. Teachers and students
from local area high schools and members of the college's
community, including the local chapter of the Osher
Lifelong Learning Institute, are expected to attend.
Oral arguments for each case take approximately
thirty minutes. Seating is on a first come, first
served basis. The SJC Rule for cameras in the courtroom
will apply. Interested media representatives should
contact Alex McNeil in advance of the sitting.
Immediately following the session, the justices,
Hon. Joseph Trainor, Hon. Kent Smith, and Hon.
Ariane Vuono will conduct an informal question
and answer period for the students on general topics
related to their roles and the role of an intermediate
appellate court. (Pending matters will not be discussed.)