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Dockets and Court Filings Research

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court

  • Access: Freely available on the web; updated nightly
  • Coverage: complete information on cases entered since January 1, 1992 in the SJC. May contain some information on older cases that were active when the conversion to the automated system occurred.
  • Filings: Most briefs filed since September 2007 are available in PDF from the case docket
  • Access: requires password; all BC Law students can register for Bloomberg Law passwords using their BC email addresses
  • Coverage: 2009-October 2019
  • Filings: click the hyperlinked number next to a document entry to access filings; if the document is not immediately available, you can request it, but note that filings are often not available on Massachusetts state dockets

Westlaw Dockets

  • Coverage: 2000-October 2019
  • Filings: where available on Westlaw, they are provided on the Filings tab above the docket sheet. 
  • Note: be sure to check currency information at the top of the docket; if necessary, click the Update button. BC Law's subscription covers updating, if available

Massachusetts Trial Courts

  • Breaking complaints available from some counties, including Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk
  • Selected dockets and filings available from 2006-2016
  • Access: Some state filings available in Briefs, Pleadings, and Motions content type from main page

Tips on trial court dockets

  • If unable to find what you need through above resources, you can contact or visit the specific court at issue for guidance on how to access dockets and court filings
  • If the case has been appealed, you might be able to find helpful information through the appellate docket