Free Access to Oral Argument Recordings Online. Before requesting a copy of an oral argument recording, please be advised that if the oral argument took place after Jan. 1, 2019, the oral argument is available for listening and download at no charge at ma-appellatecourts.org. Arguments are posted within 72 hours of completion.
To access oral argument recordings online, follow these instructions:
- Go to ma-appellatecourts.org.
- Search for the appeal by party name or Appeals Court docket number
- Scroll down to the box labeled "ORAL ARGUMENTS"
- Press the play button on the left side of the embedded mp3 player.
- To download the argument, click the three vertical dots on the right side of the embedded mp3 player. Then click download. A MP3 file will be downloaded and can be played on your personal electronic device or burned to a CD.
YouTube Archive. Oral arguments in panel appeals are now usually live streamed on the Appeals Court's YouTube channel and available there afterwards as archived recordings. (Most single justice hearings are not livestreamed or archived.) The YouTube channel is searchable for past recordings (best to search for the full docket number), and for upcoming panel case livestreams you can check the date of the argument on ma-appellatecourts.org.
Purchase an Oral Argument Recording. If you remain interested in purchasing a CD of an oral argument for $50.50, you may do so online and pay by credit card by clicking on this link and following the instructions. Alternatively, you may mail a written request for a copy of an oral argument recording to the Appeals Court Clerk's Office.
PURCHASE CD OF ORAL ARGUMENT ONLINE: CLICK HERE.
Note About Pre-March 1, 2005 Oral Arguments: The only recordings available for purchase are of oral arguments conducted by a panel or single justice of the Appeals Court on or after March 1, 2005.
Arguments Held Outside the John Adams Courthouse: If the argument was held at a location outside the John Adams Courthouse, then it is possible the argument was not recorded. Before you purchase a recording, please determine the location of the argument by reviewing the docket online. If the argument was not held at the John Adams Courthouse, please call the Clerk's Office at (617) 921-4443 to verify that a recording exists.