What is OpenCourt?

OpenCourt is an experimental project run by WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, that uses digital technology to make Quincy District Court more accessible to the public. Anyone with an internet connection will be able to see and hear what goes on in court.


Note: we post video of court proceedings to our public archive at the end of the second day following the livestream, as described in our current guidelines.

Tuesday January 1, 2013

OpenCourt is offline Tuesday, January 1. Please check the schedule and feel free to view the archives in the meantime. Thanks for your interest!

Wednesday November 14, 2012

Criminal trials in Jury Room A. Presiding: Judge Moriarty.

Tuesday November 13, 2012

Jury Room A. Presiding: Judge Moriarty.

Wednesday November 7, 2012

Jury Room A. Presiding: Judge Mark Coven.

Thursday November 1, 2012

Arraignments in First Session. Afternoon: Drug Court. Presiding: Judge Moriarty.

Friday October 26, 2012

First Session. Presiding: Judge O’Dea.

Wednesday October 24, 2012

Jury Room A. Presiding: Judge Moriarty.

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Introducing: Multicam Coverage of Jury Room A

Today marks the first full jury trial to be livestreamed out of Jury Room A at the Quincy District Courthouse. To our knowledge, this is the first criminal trial to ever be livestreamed in Massachusetts.

Supreme Justice Botsford Rules in Favor of OpenCourt

“There is no reason to single OpenCourt out and impose on it a variety of restrictions that do not apply to other media organizations,” Supreme Judicial Court Justice Margot Botsford wrote in a 10-page memorandum and judgment issued yesterday, August 14.

High Court Unveils New Journalist Registration Process

The information office of the highest court in Massachusetts today launched a new online registration process for citizens and news organizations wishing to use cameras and other electronic equipment to cover court hearings throughout the state. The process is a lead-in for amended courtroom media rules that become effective next month.

Listen to Thursday’s Full SJC Hearing

Stream full audio of Thursday’s four-party hearing before Supreme Judicial Court Margot Justice Botsford.

SJC Hearing Thursday For OpenCourt

A hearing before Supreme Judicial Court Justice Margot Botsford is scheduled for 4 p.m. this Thursday, August 9, in Courtroom Two of the John Adams Courthouse in Boston.

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