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Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
Supreme Judicial Court to hold special sitting in Greenfield

On Friday, April 7, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey will host the opening ceremony of the Franklin County Justice Center. In addition to Chief Justice Carey, speakers will include Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, Trial Court Administrator Harry Spence, Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Carol Gladstone, Representative Stephen Kulik of the 1st Franklin District, Representative Paul Mark of the 2nd Berkshire District, Representative Susannah Whipps of the 2nd Franklin District, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan, Franklin County Bar Association Chair John Stobierski, and Greenfield District Court First Justice William F. Mazanec. Franklin County Register of Probate John F. Merrigan will deliver welcoming remarks.
The renovation of the Franklin County Justice Center began in 2014. The new courthouse incorporates the historic 1932 façade of the original building with a 104,000 square foot, three-story addition. The Justice Center's six courtrooms include updated technological capabilities to allow for hearings to be conducted by video conference and newly installed recording equipment for court proceedings. The courthouse will also offer WiFi for visitors. The expanded building houses five court departments: Juvenile, Superior, District, Housing, and Probate and Family Courts, as well as the Law Library, Court Service Center, and Registry of Deeds.
Franklin County Justice Center
43 Hope Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Friday, April 7, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants and the associate justices will hear oral arguments in four cases in a special sitting in Greenfield at the Franklin County Justice Center in Greenfield on Tuesday, October 3 at 9:30 a.m. The special sitting provides an opportunity for students, media and residents of the local community to view the work of the highest court of the commonwealth outside of the John Adams Courthouse in Boston, where cases are normally heard.

The justices will hear cases from Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties, and students from nine local schools have been invited to attend the special sitting. Following oral arguments, Chief Justice Gants and the associate justices will meet to discuss the cases, then hold a question and answer session with students.

Please see the calendar of cases to see which cases will be heard in Greenfield.

Media planning to attend should review the Seven Justice Courtroom Protocol.