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SJC Rules Teens That Host “BYOB” Parties Not Liable

The state’s highest court rejected an attempt to expand civil laws covering responsibility for underage drinking at parties.


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SJC Confirms Cape Wind-National Grid Power Deal

The state’s highest court has upheld a deal in which the electric utility National Grid agreed to buy power from the planned Cape Wind offshore wind farm.


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State’s Highest Court Upholds Fees To Appeal Traffic Tickets

Drivers, beware: The highest court in Massachusetts has upheld a law that requires motorists to pay additional fees to appeal traffic tickets.


Governor Patrick announces Appeals Court Justice Barbara Lenk as his nominee to serve as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  (Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office)

First Openly Gay Justice Lenk Confirmed To State’s Highest Court

A state appeals court judge who will be the first openly gay justice on Massachusetts’ highest court has been confirmed.


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SJC Rules State Can Regulate Plymouth Nuke Water Intake System

The state’s highest court has ruled that Massachusetts environmental officials have the power to regulate a water intake system used by the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth.


SJC Justices Call For Changes In Wiretap Laws

Two justices for the highest court in Massachusetts have asked state lawmakers to change a tough wiretap law to enable police to investigate and prosecute the hundreds of shootings and killings committed by street gangs. Supreme Judicial Court Justices Ralph Gants and Judith Cowin made the call Friday in an opinion supporting a ruling barring secretly-recorded evidence from being used against a man who admitted to a 2007 drive-by killing in Brockton.

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Gov. Deval Patrick nominated Barbara Lenk to the SJC. (Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office)

Patrick Nominates First Openly Gay Justice To SJC

Gov. Deval Patrick has tapped Barbara Lenk, who would be the first openly gay Supreme Judicial Court justice, to fill an open slot on Massachusetts’ highest court.


Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court nominee Fernande "Nan" Duffly. (Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office)

Governor’s Council Approves Duffly For Mass. SJC

The Governor’s Council is deciding whether Appeals Court Associate Justice Fernande “Nan” Duffly will be elevated to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.


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Courthouses Complying With Snow Removal Law

A day after getting dumped on by close to a foot of snow, parts of Cape Cod were still digging out on Tuesday. The clearest sidewalks you’re likely to find are, appropriately enough, at the Commonwealth’s courthouses.


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SJC Ruling On Snow Removal: What It Means For You

A new ruling by the state’s highest court applies to the Bay State’s new fallen snow. The Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling says you have a duty to use “reasonable care” to remove snow and ice from your property.