Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC)

The Supreme Judicial Court is the Commonwealth's highest appellate court.

Contact Us


John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA 02108


Main number (617) 557-1000
Clerks' Offices Emergency Number (857) 275-8036
Clerk's Office for the Commonwealth (617) 557-1020

Francis V. Kenneally, Clerk

Clerk's Office for the County of Suffolk (617) 557-1100

Maura S. Doyle, Clerk

Public Information Office (617) 557-1114

Jennifer Donahue, Public Information Officer

Who we serve

Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants and six associate justices make up the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). The seven justices hear appeals on a broad range of criminal and civil cases from September to May and issue written opinions that are posted online. The SJC also supervises the judiciary and the bar, makes or approves rules for court operations, and gives advisory opinions, upon request, to the governor and the legislature.

News & Updates

Supreme Judicial Court Posts Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (updated May 29, 2020)

Notice of Temporary Courthouse Closure (updated May 29, 2020)

  • The John Adams Courthouse will be closed to the public until at least Wednesday, July 1, 2020

If you have an emergency matter with the Supreme Judicial Court, please call 857-275-8036. 

If you have an emergency matter with the Appeals Court, please call 617-723-1527 or email

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