All appeals from all courts concerning abuse prevention orders are reviewed by the Appeals Court. The appeals are all started the same way, no matter which court entered the order: by filing a notice of appeal in the clerk/register's office of the court that issued or refused to issue the order within 30 days of the entry of the order or its denial. You must follow the Massachusetts Rules of Appellate Procedure. See the Appeals Court Help Center for information on the appeals process.
There is no right of appeal from a trial court’s issuance of, or refusal to issue, a temporary restraining order (10-day order).
- The Right to an Appeal
- Stages of an Appeal
- Starting an Appeal
- Appealing a Civil Case from the District Court or Boston Municipal Court
- Appealing Final Decisions of the Appellate Division
- Appealing Cases from Housing Court
- Appealing Cases from Probate and Family Court
- Appealing Cases from Juvenile Court
- Appealing Cases from Land Court
- Appealing Civil Cases from Superior Court
- Appealing Small Claims Decisions
- Appealing Abuse Prevention Order Decisions
- Appealing Civil Motor Vehicle Infraction Decisions
- Appeals from State Agencies