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Oral Arguments Before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Suffolk University Law School, in cooperation with the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, maintains this site in order to make oral arguments before the Supreme Judicial Court accessible to the general public and the legal community. Webcasts of Supreme Judicial Court oral arguments at the John Adams Courthouse are available live while the cases are being argued and may also be viewed at a later time through the Suffolk Law School's archives. Please see below for more information.

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Live Webcast   (9:00 AM-1:00 PM October 6-7 and 9-10)

If you are interested in watching an argument on the web, please scroll down to the schedule of cases to be argued and activate this player on the proper morning. The order of arguments, as listed below, may change if circumstances dictate. You may also view a summary of each case prior to viewing the webcast by selecting "Case Summaries."

Webcasts will also be archived so that after each argument, web site visitors will be able to view all arguments which have already occurred. The arguments can be searched by date, case title or by docket number, and will be accessible within four days of the court proceedings. To view arguments which have been previously archived, please visit the SJC Oral Argument Webcasts Archives page, or simply point your mouse on the "View Archives" button located at the right.

System Requirements
This webcast is best viewed on PCs with: Windows 2000 or newer operating system; Flash 10.0 or later; 600+ MHz processor; 128+ MB RAM; 8+ MB Video Memory; and IE v5.5 or later or Apple Macintosh computers with: OS X 10.1.5 or later (10.2.x recommended); 450+ mhz G3 processor; 128+ MB RAM: 10 MB free HD space; 256 colors (millions recommended); IE 5.5+ or Netscape 7.1+.

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Summaries Cases/Dockets (select docket number for info)
SummariesCase Summaries


Chin v. Merriot
(Link opens new window) SJC-11726 Rodman v. Rodman
  SJC-11727 Doktor v. Doktor
  SJC-11637 Impounded Case
  SJC-11581 Commonwealth v. Valentin  
  SJC-11516 In the Matter of Dwyer-Jones
SummariesCase Summaries SJC-11603 Hickey v. Pathways Association, Inc.
(Link opens new window) SJC-11616 Commonwealth v. Kelly


Commonwealth v. Santiago


Commonwealth v. Housewright  


Bay Colony Railroad Corporation v. Town of Yarmouth  
SummariesCase Summaries


Impounded Case
(Link opens new window) SJC-11594 Cohen v. Cohen


Commonwealth v. Cowels  


Commonwealth v. Mims


Commonwealth v. Simpkins


Commonwealth v. Brown
SummariesCase Summaries


Commonwealth v. Bresilla
(Link opens new window) SJC-11426 Commonwealth v. Ortiz
SJC-11523 Commonwealth v. Corliss
SJC-11376 Commonwealth v. Jessup
Oral arguments generally take one half hour per case (15 minutes per side), except in first degree murder cases, which generally take 40 minutes (20 minutes per side). Court begins promptly at 9:00am. The Justices may take a brief recess mid-morning, lasting approximately 10 minutes.  


This webcast is made available to the general public for informational purposes only and does not constitute an official record of court proceedings.

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