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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 January 5-6 and 8-9)

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


Sherman v. Town of Randolph
(Link opens new window) SJC-11713 Malloch v. Town of Hanover
  SJC-11741 Maryland Casualty Company v. NSTAR Electric Company
  SJC-1156 Deutsche Bank National Trust v. Fitchburg Capital, LLC  
  SJC-11739 In Re Guardianship of V.V.  
  SJC-11728 Commonwealth v. Cullity  
SummariesCase Summaries SJC-11758 Christakis v. Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union
(Link opens new window) SJC-11772 Galenski v. Town of Erving


Pugsley v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Resources Division


Commonwealth v. Brescia  


Commonwealth v. Pagan  


Fitzgerald v. Haverhill District Court  


Hays v. Ellrich
  (Reserve Case)
SummariesCase Summaries


Bridgeman v. District Attorney for Suffolk County
(Link opens new window) SJC-11771 Commonwealth v. Torres


DaRosa v. City of New Bedford v. Monsanto Company  


Sebago v. Tutunjian


Commonwealth v. Canning


Pinti v. Emigrant Mortgage Company, Inc.


Vale v. New England Cleaning Services, Inc.
  (Reserve Case)
SummariesCase Summaries


Commonwealth v. Watkins
(Link opens new window) SJC-08400 Commonwealth v. Vaughn
SJC-10398 Commonwealth v. Jackson
SJC-11508 Commonwealth v. Tavares
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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