September 30, 2011
Revised Guidelines Issued for Abuse Prevention Proceedings
Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan has issued the fourth edition of Guidelines for Judicial Practice: Abuse Prevention Proceedings, to assist judges and court personnel with the many complex and sensitive issues that arise under G.L. c.209A.
These Guidelines, last revised in 2000, reflect a number of substantive revisions, based on appellate case law and statutory changes, as well as procedural changes. The revised c. 209A forms referenced in the Guidelines will be issued by November 1st to be effective on December 1, 2011. The prior use of appendices also has changed. In addition to this posting in a pdf format, the Guidelines will also later be posted as a web-based resource with appropriate links to references and the printed copies of the Guidelines will include those referenced documents.
These major revisions were compiled and implemented with significant assistance from the Boston Municipal Court, District Court, Probate and Family Court, and Superior Court Departments.
In the Foreword to the Guidelines, Chief Justice Mulligan highlights the contributions of Judge Mary Hogan Sullivan, Judge Marianne C. Hinkle, Judge Michele B. Hogan, and the other members of the District Court Professional Development Group on Domestic Abuse Proceedings, including law clerk Lizabeth Marshall, as well as the representatives of the Trial Court Administrative Offices who led the effort to analyze and update this important resource: Ellen Shapiro, Cheryl Sibley, Lisa Yee, Kim Wright, Ilene Mitchell, Maria Pena, Jamie Sabino, and Ann Archer. Special thanks go to AOTC Web Administrator Kevin Buckley for his hard work to make the Guidelines available on the Trial Court web site.
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