*Please note faxes, emails and attached documents shall not be accepted for filing in new or existing cases unless they concern credible emergency circumstances and you have obtained expressed permission in advance from the Clerk or an Assistant Clerk.
Who we serve
The main caseload of the Clerk for the Commonwealth consists of first degree murder appeals and matters taken from the Appeals Court on the court's motion or on further or direct appellate review.
In addition, the office receives requests for advisory opinions from the Governor, the Governor's Council, or either branch of the Legislature; questions of law certified by Federal courts or certain other courts; original entries involving the discipline of clerks of courts and judges; appeals from decisions of the single justice; reservations and reports of the single justice; and interlocutory appeals and gatekeeper matters allowed by the single justice.
Court sessions are scheduled during the first full week of the month, from September to May. The Clerk for the Commonwealth is Francis V. Kenneally, Esq.
News & Updates
Supreme Judicial Court Posts Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (posted April 9, 2020)
- The SJC has posted FAQs About the Supreme Judicial Court During the COVID-19 Pandemic.