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Legal Research: Case Law - Massachusetts

This guide is designed to help you with your legal systems research.

Case Law - Massachusetts

This page contains online and paper resources for researching Massachusetts case law. 

The Commonwealth's court system consists of the following courts that decide case law.

Supreme Judicial Court

The Court of Appeals

Massachusetts also has the following trial courts:

Superior Court, District Court, Probate Court & Family Court, Land Court, Juvenile Court, Housing Court, and Boston Municipal Court.

Resources Provided by MacPhaidin Library

MA Court of Appeals Cases from 1972 From December 1972 (1 Mass. App. Ct. 1) through current. Selected unpublished decisions from 2008.

MA Supreme Judicial Court Cases from 1768  Earliest opinion dated March 1768 through current.

Massachusetts Superior CourtsTrial Orders Selected Opinions from all fourteen Massachusetts Superior courts. Coverage is from December 1984 through current. Selected cases available between 1984 and 1992. Selected unpublished decisions from 1993.

MA State Cases, Combined Supreme: From 1804; Appellate: From December 1972; Superior: From January 1993, with selected cases available from 1984 to 1992; Appellate Division: From 1990; Massachusetts Land Court decisions from January, 1993 to present. Selected unpublished decisions from 2008 for Court of Appeals and from 1993 for Superior.

In addition to the above courts, Lexis/Nexis has opinions of the following courts:

  • Tax Court
  • Land Court


Resouces from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Court System

New Published Opinions – Updated daily with new opinions from the SJC and Appeals Court. After two week the opinions can be found in the Archives of Public Opinions.

Archives of Published Opinions - area of the web page you will find access to the published opinions of the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) and Appeals Court released since 2001.  These opinions are fully searchable. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides access to this material through Lexis/Nexis.

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