Massachusetts Appeals Court to Convene Session at UMass Amherst

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AMHERST, Mass. – A three-member panel of the Massachusetts Appeals Court will hear six cases during a session at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Associate justices C. Jeffrey Kinder, William Meade and Ariane D. Vuono will preside at the session, which will begin at 9 a.m. in 163C Campus Center.

The Appeals Court holds several sessions of oral arguments at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston every month from September through June. It also holds sessions in locations outside of Boston, often in a regional courthouse or at law schools around the state.

All cases are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. All who enter the court will be searched. Bags are permitted but are subject to search.

The Appeals Court has 25 statutory justices, including the chief justice. Like most intermediate appellate courts, the Appeals Court almost always sits in panels of three. The justices review decisions that 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 of final decisions of the Appellate Tax Board, the Industrial Accident Board and the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board.

Appellate justices do not retry the cases or make factual determinations at oral argument and only review decisions for errors of law and whether the errors made affected the outcome of the case. The Appeals Court considers approximately 1,500 cases per year. Each case lasts approximately 30 minutes.

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