BMC Standing Order
District/Municipal Court Rules Boston Municipal Court Standing Order 1-84: Abuse prevention, G.L. c. 209A
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Standing Order 1-84
The attached form entitled "Complaint for Protection from Abuse" will be used by any applicant seeking a protective order or relief under the provisions of G.L. c. 209A , as amended, until a permanent form is promulgated in accordance with the statute.
The attached form promulgated in accordance with the statute, entitled "(Temporary) Order Pursuant to G.L. c. 209A , as amended" will be used until a permanent form is promulgated in accordance with the statute.
Prior and pending Care or Custody Actions shall be disclosed in accordance with Trial Court Rule IV.
Complaints for relief under G.L. c. 209A shall be filed with the Clerk-Magistrate for Civil Business during regular court hours.
The justice assigned to the BMC Motion Session is designated to hear all applications for temporary orders and other remedies as provided in G.L. c. 209A . The Motion Session Justice will set these matters for hearing on Mondays and Fridays at 2:00 p.m., or at such other times within the statutory five day period as the Motion Session Justice may determine.
Complaints and applications for temporary orders must be filed with the Clerk-Magistrate for Civil Business on the next business day following issuance of an emergency order. Hearings on same will be scheduled within five business days of the date they are filed with the Clerk-Magistrate for Civil Business. Notice to the defendant of such hearings will be made in accordance with the provisions of the statute.
The Clerk-Magistrate for Civil Business shall maintain a separate docket for complaints sought under G.L. c. 209A , and shall make the necessary provisions for custody of these records as provided by the statute.