Municipal Court Department
Application for Criminal Complaint
To file an Application For Criminal Complaint,
you first must go to the local Police Station in the jurisdiction
closest to where the offense took place. A Police Incident Report
must be filled out and obtained from the Police Station. Retrieve
a copy of the incident report, and then report to the Courthouse in
the correct jurisdiction where the offense took place. The court will
assist in filling out an Application For Criminal Complaint. When
completed a hearing will be scheduled and the defendant will be notified
by mail. Both parties will be required to attend. The incident report
must include and verify the correct address of the defendant where
he/she can be sent a summons to appear at the Boston Municipal Court.
If the address is not provided the Court will not be able to proceed
by way of hearing. If the complainant fails to appear, the application
may be denied without prejudice. The burden of probable cause rests
solely on the complainant. The defendant may or may not secure counsel
for the hearing. An attorney is not appointed for this proceeding.
Applications For Criminal Complaint in the jurisdiction of the Boston
Municipal Court, can be filed in the Criminal Clerk's Office.
Boston Municipal Criminal
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
24 New Chardon Street
Boston, MA 02114