Analysis

New Mass. Top Court Favors Tough Queries, Long Arguments

Law360, Boston (March 20, 2019, 6:30 PM EDT) -- In their year and a half together, the seven justices of Massachusetts' top appellate court have formed a hot bench that should have attorneys expecting deep questions on legislative history and longer oral arguments than in the past, experts say.

Five of the justices on the Supreme Judicial Court, or SJC, have been appointed since 2016. Some of the recent additions, such as Associate Justices David Lowy, Frank Gaziano and Scott Kafker, the court’s newest appointee, are among the most talkative during oral arguments. The questioning, coupled with Chief Justice Ralph Gants' apparent belief that the time “limits” assigned for arguments...

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