Department News

Domestic Violence, Restraining order resources

There have been numerous changes with the process of applying for abuse prevention orders because courts have closed due to Covid-19.  We have provided a website link below which provides information for probate and family courts during this state of emergency.  For emergency restraining orders we have included applications on our website, those can be brought directly to our station or emailed to us. 

We have also provided a Domestic Violence & abuse link below.  Please do not hesitate to contact our department, if you are a victim of domestic abuse please contact us immediately.  If it’s not safe to use the phone please use our website ( or contact us directly via email (

Domestic violence resource

Court resource

Emergency protection orders

BOSTON, MA — In accordance with the Order issued by the Supreme Judicial Court on March 17, 2020, and the departmental Trial Court Standing Orders<> issued on the same date, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey has issued Trial Court Emergency Administrative Order 20-5: Modified Procedures Concerning Protection Orders as a Result of COVID-19<>.

This emergency order will permit judges serving on after-hours judicial response to issue emergency restraining orders, harassment prevention orders, and extreme risk protection orders for ten (10) days, rather than making the orders returnable to court the day following issuance.

As provided in the departmental standing orders, all hearings on protective orders will be conducted by telephone (or videoconference where available). Parties scheduled for a hearing on an emergency protection order will be instructed to call the court at 9:00 a.m. on the scheduled hearing date, at which point the hearing will be held, or will be scheduled to be held later that day by telephone.  Parties will be provided with the phone number for the courthouse, or they can find the number on the Court Locator<> page.

Individuals against whom orders are issued will be provided notice that they may seek an in-person hearing on the issuance of the order once courts have resumed normal operations.
Updates regarding the court’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are available on the court’s website: