LEGAL BRIEFS OF SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT CASES
AVAILABLE ON COURT WEBSITE
As part of a continuing effort to make the court system more easily accessible to the public, the Supreme Judicial Court is now providing legal briefs filed with the full Court available on the Internet at www.ma-appellatecourts.org or at www.mass.gov/sjc
Lawyers, law students, or individuals who have an interest in particular cases can readily obtain the attorneys’ legal briefs, which are filed in the Supreme Judicial Court’s Clerk’s Office for the Commonwealth. Previously, these materials could only be obtained in hard copies by individuals requesting them in person in the Clerk’s Office. The briefs are scanned and posted with the case docket on the Court’s website about a month in advance of the Court’s scheduled sitting.
“I am delighted that we can now provide this new public service. Obtaining the legal briefs online means that the lawyer in Greenfield, the litigant in Worcester, or the journalist in Barnstable are the same mouse click away from these materials, as are those who are close to the courthouse,” said Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall. “It is an efficient timesaver for a teacher, student, lawyer, or anyone who is seeking to read or obtain legal briefs filed with the Court.”
The Supreme Judicial Court Clerk’s Office for the Commonwealth maintains the court records, docket, and court calendar for the cases heard by the seven Justices of the Court. Approximately 200 cases are decided by the full Court each year from September through May. In addition, single justices hear cases throughout the year.