Mass Appeals Court Hearings at UMass Amherst + Luncheon with Students

UMass Amherst to host MA Appellate Court: Students Invited to Attend

MA Appellate Court at UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst is once again hosting the state Appeals Court on campus as they hear 6 oral arguments. The Appeals Court is a court of general appellate jurisdiction, which means that the justices review decisions that the trial judges from the several Departments of the Trial Court have already made in many different kinds of cases. The Appeals Court also has jurisdiction over appeals from final decisions of three State agencies: the Appellate Tax Board, the Industrial Accident Board and the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board. The Appeals Court consists of a chief justice and twenty-four associate justices. Learn more about the Appeals COurt here: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/appeals-court

The cases to be heard include three criminal cases (involving the definition of “disorderly conduct,” when “armed career criminal” sentencing enhancement is allowed, and possession of pornography) as well as three civil cases (a licensing dispute involving a chain restaurant, a domestic relations dispute, and a landlord/tenant case).

Oral arguments are open to the public — this is an amazing opportunity for students to attend Appeals Court hearings.

When: Monday, November 15, 2021 at 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Where: Oral Arguments held at UMass Campus Center 163C

Who: Open to the public

All bags will be checked prior to entry into the courtroom, and seating is available on a first come-first serve basis. No food and only clear liquids are allowed into the court.

And, there is a special opportunity for students to have lunch with the Justices afterwards.

Student Lunch with Justices

When: *12:45 PM – 2:00 PM (*lunch to begin immediately following Oral Arguments.  We estimate a 12:45 start time.)

Where: Amherst Room, Campus Center

Register for lunch: Advance Lunch Registration Required at https://tinyurl.com

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