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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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Next live webcast December 8th.

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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Embedded player requires Flash 10.0 or higher.

Videos are in mp4 format.

Summaries Cases/Dockets (select docket number for info)
SummariesCase Summaries SJC-12021 Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette v. Board of Assessors of Attleboro


City of Boston v. Boston Police Patrolmen's Association


Ciarlone v. Massachusetts Gaming Commission


City of Revere v. Massachusetts Gaming Commission


Impounded Case


Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Company v. VisionAid, Inc.


Commonwealth v. Crowley-Chester


Oggiani v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court
Summaries Case Summaries


Commonwealth v. Dragotta
  SJC-12114 Commonwealth v. Morgan
  SJC-12125 Commonwealth v. Garcia
  SJC-12195 In the matter of Karrah A. Norris
SummariesCase Summaries


Commonwealth v. Garvey
SJC-12069 State Board of Retirement v. Finneran
(Link opens new window) SJC-12136 Gannon v. City of Boston
SJC-12149 Commonwealth v. Oberle
SJC-12173 Commonwealth v. George
SJC-12187 Commonwealth v. Tejeda
SJC-12150 477 Harrison Ave., LLC v. Jace Boston, LLC
(Reserve Case)
SummariesCase Summaries


Commonwealth v. Colton


Commonwealth v. Muller


Commonwealth v. Felix


Commonwealth v. Sanchez
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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