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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 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 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.

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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


Massachusetts Electric Company v. Department of Public Utilities
(Link opens new window) SJC-11527 NSTAR Electric Company v. Department of Public Utilities
  SJC-11528 Western Massachusetts Electric Company v. Department of Public Utilities
  SJC-11498 Commonwealth v. Torres
  SJC-11494 Commonwealth v. LaChance  
  SJC-11542 Impounded Case  
  SJC-11544 Service Employees International Union Local 509 v. Massachusetts Department of Mental Health  
  SJC-11515 In the Matter of Aldrich  
  SJC-11545 Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association, Inc. v. Telsa Motors MA, Inc.
  (Reserve Case)
SummariesCase Summaries SJC-11532 Figgs v. Boston Housing Authority
(Link opens new window) SJC-11519 In the Matter of Wynn


Roes v. Children's Hospital Medical Center


City of Springfield v. Civil Service Commission  


Commonwealth v. Raffaele  


Commonwealth v. Quinn
  (Reserve Case)
SummariesCase Summaries


Commonwealth v. Sullivan
(Link opens new window) SJC-11556 Impounded Case


Commonwealth v. Wright  


Garney v. Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System  


Commonwealth v. LeBaron  


Commonwealth v. Haynes  


Assabet Valley Regional Vocational School District v. Speicher
  (Reserve Case)
SummariesCase Summaries


Commonwealth v. Vacher
(Link opens new window) SJC-10849 Commonwealth v. Torres
SJC-11428 Commonwealth v. Gonzalez
SJC-11177 Commonwealth v. Vincent
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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