The first order you get, if the defendant is not present, is only good until you have a court hearing where the defendant has an opportunity to tell his or her side of the story. This is scheduled within 10 business days, so it is commonly called a “10-Day Hearing.” It may be in fewer than 10 days. The judge will tell you when this hearing will be held at the time he or she issues the first order. The date of this hearing will also be on the order.
If you get an emergency order when the court is not in session from a judge over the telephone and the defendant is also arrested, the defendant might be at the same court where you go to get the order extended. In that case, the judge will hold a hearing with both you and the defendant present and may grant an order for up to a year.
Harassment Prevention Orders
- What is Harassment?
- What Can I Request Under a Harassment Prevention Order?
- How Do I Get a Harassment Prevention Order?
- How Long Does the Order Last?
- 10-Day Hearing
- How Do I Appeal?
- What Happens if the Defendant Does Something He/She is Not Supposed to Do?
- What If I Want to Change or Terminate (End) the Order?
- More Information on Harassment Prevention Orders
People also viewed...
You recently viewed...
Personalization is OFF. Your personal browsing history at Mass.gov is not visible because your personalization is turned off. To view your history, turn your personalization on.
Learn more on our .
*Recommendations are based on site visitor traffic patterns and are not endorsements of that content.