Guides & Publications

Legal Disclaimer: The Maine Judicial Branch and the Administrative Office of the Courts are not permitted to give legal advice. Guides and publications are made available as a public service, and do not constitute legal advice. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information presented is accurate, comprehensive, and clear, the Judicial Branch does not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information. If you have any questions about your legal rights you may consult an attorney.

Abuse & Harassment

A Guide to Protection from Abuse & Harassment Cases (2018)

This guide explains how to ask the court for a protection order. The guide also explains the court process for a protection from abuse and protection from harassment case.

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Appeals (to the Law Court)

Citizen's Guide to Appeals (2009)

This is a general outline of what is necessary to file, present, and defend against an appeal before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which is called the Law Court when it considers appeals. 

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Child Protection

A Guide for Families in Child Protection Cases (2020)

This guide explains the court process and what to expect when you go to court for a child protection case.

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Scheduling Planner for Families in Child Protection Cases (2020)

This resource includes a calendar to help you keep track of dates and important information in a child protection case. The scheduling planner also includes information about the court process for a child protection case.

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Criminal

Maine Treatment Courts Participant Handbook (2019)

This handbook is for Maine Treatment Court (MTC) participants and is designed to answer questions, address concerns, provide information about the MTC, and detail the requirements for participation.

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State of Maine Bail Manual (2018)

This resource is specifically for bail commissioners.

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Divorce & Family Separation

Co-Parenting During COVID-19: Tips & Resources (2020)

This brochure includes helpful tips and resources for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The brochure also includes contact information for co-parent education programs, mediation resources, and domestic violence and sexual assault resources.

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A Guide to Family Separation in Maine: Divorce and Parental Rights & Responsibilities (2020)

This guide explains how to start a divorce and parental rights & responsibilities case and what to expect in court. The guide also includes information about how to change or enforce an existing court order.

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Juvenile Cases

A Guide for Families in Juvenile Cases (2020)

This guide is for parents, guardians, and juveniles to learn more about the juvenile court process and possible outcomes of juvenile cases. The guide also includes important information for parents and guardians, frequently asked questions, and explains how juvenile court records are stored.

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Jury Service

Juror Handbook (2016)

The purpose of this booklet is to explain what jurors do and answers questions a person is likely to ask when reporting for jury duty in Maine Superior Court and the Unified Criminal Docket (UCD).

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Small Claims

A Guide to Small Claims (2016)

This guide explains how to file or respond to a small claims case in Maine District Court. Small claims court provides a speedy and inexpensive way to resolve disputes when the plaintiff's claim is $6,000 or less.

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