- Recent Announcements
SJC Statement, Report of Special Counsel R.J. Cinquegrana
- Amicus Announcements
Amicus Announcements added (5/20/13)
- Judicial and Clerks' Ethics Opinions
1 Judicial Ethics Opinion added (3/26/13)
- 3 Clerks' Ethics Opinions added (1/10/13)
- Rules Announcements
Notice of Rule Change
Amendment to Rule 4(a) of the Massachusetts Rules of Appellate Procedure
Amendments to the District/Municipal Courts Rules 4(a) and 8C(d) for Appellate Division Appeal
Amendment to Rule 4:02 of the Rules of the Supreme Judicial Court
Notice of Approval of Amended Regulation 9 and new Regulation 10 of the Regulations of the Jury Commissioner
Notice Inviting Comment
Proposed Amendments to Rule 43 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure
Proposed Amendment to Supreme Judicial Court Rule 4:02
SJC Order Extending the Modified Procedure for Appeals in Bar Discipline Cases
- Supreme Judicial Court's Judicial Performance Evaluation Program Seeks Response in Evaluation of Judges in Essex County
- Supreme Judicial Court Appoints Honorable Paula M. Carey as New Chief Justice of the Trial Court
- Probate & Family Court Announces Release of Online Child Support Document Assembly Module
- Trial Court Leaders Name DYS Commissioner Edward Dolan to Head Probation
- Trial Court and DCAMM Issue Update on Greenfield Courthouse Project
Supreme Judicial Court Mission Statement
To promote the rule of law and foster public trust by leading an independent judiciary that assures every person equal access to the fair, timely and impartial resolution of disputes in courts managed with efficiency and professionalism.
News Media Registration Under SJC Rule 1:19 Now Available
As of September 17, 2012, news organizations and news media individuals who are not employed by a news organization must register with the Supreme Judicial Court's Public Information Office for initial permission to bring electronic devices into the courtroom under SJC Rule 1:19. Click here to read a press release announcing the media registration process. Click here to access instructions, the registration form and other informational materials relative to the rule.
Law Day at the John Adams Courthouse - May 2, 2013
This year's American Bar Association Law Day theme was "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All". Lawyers from the Supreme Judicial Court Law Clerk Society facilitated small group discussions with the students on issues involving equality and justice.
A theatrical production of "The Nine Who Dared: Crisis in Little Rock," performed by Theatre Espresso, dramatized the events of September 4, 1957, when violence and discrimination against African Americans in Little Rock, Arkansas, increased as a result of school desegregation. The students participated in the follow up discussion by playing the role of the Little Rock community. The performers encouraged the students to analyze the ethical, legal and philosophical issues of the era of the American civil rights movement.
SJC Justice Margot Botsford spoke to the students in the Seven Justice
Courtroom during Law Day activities at the John Adams Courthouse.
SJC Justice Ralph D. Gants led the students in a discussion during Law Day
activities at the John Adams Courthouse.