I had my first harassment hearing in Juvenile Court.  This is a new statute passed by the MA legislature with very little case law.   Some consider it very similar to the 209A( restraining order) but without the need to have a particular relationship.  The plaintiff does need to show three or more acts that are willful and malicious.  There are uncertainties with rules of evidence, standard of proof and how far back can the three acts be.  The statute is civil in nature but a violation will be considered a criminal violation.  There are a lot on uncertainties that need to be addressed.