Appeals and Training Bureau

Tom Ralph, Chief
Robert Bender, Deputy Chief
(781) 897-6825


Our Appeals and Training Bureau is responsible for handling all appellate matters before the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court.  Appellate prosecutors write legal briefs, argue post-conviction motions and propose legislation.  These lawyers also assist police officers in drafting and obtaining search warrants.

There is a Victim Witness Advocate, assigned to the Bureau, who assists victims throughout the appellate process.


Bureau lawyers host a variety of trainings for law enforcement officers.  The programs are specifically geared towards the challenges that patrol officers and detectives face in particular types of investigations, including narcotics, sexual assault, and domestic violence.  These sessions feature instruction on recent court decisions regarding search and seizure, eye-witness identification, and interrogation. 

Police trainings also include presentations from our Cyber Enforcement Unit on advancing investigations through the use of cutting-edge technology.

For more information on upcoming programs, please contact our law enforcement training coordinator, ADA Melissa Johnsen, at .

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