John Adams Courthouse


1 Pemberton Square, Boston , MA 02108


Supreme Judicial Court main phone: 617-557-1000

Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Appeals Court main phone: 617-921-4443

Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Social Law Library main phone: 617-226-1500

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

For information on emergency or weather-related closures and delays call: 617-557-1000
Transit friendly
Wheelchair Accessible

Details   of John Adams Courthouse

Overview   of John Adams Courthouse

The John Adams Courthouse houses the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the Social Law Library, which is the nation's oldest law library. The John Adams Courthouse is generally open for visitors on normal business days, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Supreme Judicial Court is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Appeals Court Clerk's Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Social Law Library is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court sessions are open to the public.

Hours   for John Adams Courthouse

Monday - Friday:
8:30 am-4:30 pm

Parking   at John Adams Courthouse

There is no parking available at the John Adams Courthouse. Parking is available at several locations nearby, but can be expensive and courthouse visitors are encouraged to use public transportation.

For public transportation information to the courthouse, visit the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) website or call toll free: 1-800-392-6100. For the deaf or hard of hearing: TTY 617-222-5146.


Services   at John Adams Courthouse

Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi is available in the John Adams Courthouse in the public areas except for the Great Hall. No ID or password is required. Some restrictions apply.

Accessibility   at John Adams Courthouse

The Massachusetts Judiciary advises its employees and the public that it does not discriminate on the basis of a person's disability in employment or in access to its programs, services, and activities.

The Commonwealth's courts seek to provide appropriate aids and services to qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the services, programs, or activities of the Judiciary. Requests should be made to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Coordinator no later than 72 hours prior to the need for the accommodation.

The ADA does not require the Judiciary to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its services, programs, or activities, or result in an undue financial or administrative burden.

The Judiciary has designated ADA Coordinators to coordinate its efforts to comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities. Inquiries, requests, and complaints that a program, service, or activity of a particular court is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to one of the ADA Coordinators for that court.

  • Parking
    There are parking restrictions. Contact the ADA coordinator for more information (contact info below).

  • Public/External Access to the Building
    There are no barriers to access to the main entrance of the building.

  • Access Within the Building
    There are no access restrictions within the building.

  • Assistive Listening Devices
    The court has portable Assistive Listening Devices. Contact the ADA coordinator for more information (contact info below).

ADA Coordinator for the Appeals Court:
Maggi Farrell
Phone: 617-626-7982

ADA Coordinator for the SJC 
Timothy Maguire
Phone: (617) 557-1140

Restrictions   at John Adams Courthouse

Only registered members of the news media can photograph, film, record, or use electronic devices in the courtroom under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 1:19. More information about the rule and what is required to be able to register as a member of the news media is available on the Courtroom Media Access web page.

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