- Supreme Judicial Court
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Between 2003 and 2011, chemist Annie Dookhan engaged in serious misconduct at a state drug lab that jeopardized the integrity of over 20,000 cases in Eastern Massachusetts. Because of Ms. Dookhan's misconduct, the Supreme Judicial Court ordered the District Attorneys to review all affected cases by April 18, 2017, to determine: (1) which individuals are entitled to relief; (2) which cases the District Attorneys would agree to vacate and dismiss with prejudice; and 3) which cases the District Attorneys could and would re-prosecute, if the defendant won a motion for a new trial.
The court will be sending notices to those affected by this development on or around May 18, 2017. Current drafts of those notices, in English, are posted below. Translated versions in Spanish and several other languages will be posted here as soon as they become available.
To find out if your case was affected, you can call a toll-free hotline operated by defense lawyers with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the public defender agency in Massachusetts. The number is 888-999-2881. The hotline is open Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please note that if your case has been identified for dismissal, it likely will take approximately two to three months for the relevant court records to be updated. You can check your records electronically by following this link: https://icori.chs.state.ma.us.
Please continue to check this website for updates and additional information as it becomes available.
- Notice of Rights to Challenge Conviction
- Notice of Dismissal with Prejudice
- Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants talks about your rights in this informational video