Wednesday, October 05, 2011

New Guidelines for Domestic Abuse Proceedings

The Trial Court has issued the fourth edition of Guidelines for Judicial Practice: Abuse Prevention Proceedings.
These Guidelines reflect a number of substantive and procedural changes. Some changes are based on appellate case law concerning what constitutes notice and when findings are necessary, as well as the relationship of no-contact and stay-away orders, standards for extension of orders, expungement of records, mutual orders, and the ability to issue orders of prevention and protection even without personal jurisdiction. Other revisions are based on statutory changes, which include amendments to the bail statute and the requirement of an order to complete a certified batterer intervention program when abuse prevention orders have been violated.
"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."

For more information, see the notice from the court. These guidelines have been linked from our Law About Domestic Violence and Court Rules pages.