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.
(9:00 AM-1:00 PM Apr. 7-8 and Apr. 10-11)
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
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
visit the SJC Oral Argument Webcasts Archives page, or simply
point your mouse on the "View Archives" button located at
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+.
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.