MGL Ch.209A Sec.3A: Nature of proceeding

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Massachusetts General Laws: Chapter 209A - Abuse Prevention

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Section 3A. Nature of proceedings and availability of other criminal proceedings; information required to be given to complainant upon filing

Section 3A. Upon the filing of a complaint under this chapter, a complainant shall be informed that the proceedings hereunder are civil in nature and that violations of orders issued hereunder are criminal in nature. Further, a complainant shall be given information prepared by the appropriate district attorney's office that other criminal proceedings may be available and such complainant shall be instructed by such district attorney's office relative to the procedures required to initiate criminal proceedings including, but not limited to, a complaint for a violation of section forty-three of chapter two hundred and sixty-five. Whenever possible, a complainant shall be provided with such information in the complainant's native language.