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Courts in Maine

Finding a lawyer
Forms
Helpful websites and organizations
Maine Law libraries
Mediation and arbitration

Representing yourself in court

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Courts in Maine
Citizens' Guide to the Maine Courts - Describes the types of cases heard,  the judicial process, how a trial proceeds, the organization of Maine courts. Targeted to citizens generally, students, the media, and those  who may appear in a courtroom as a juror,  party or witness in a trial.

Contact info and directions to the courts - Lists of contact info for courts, court offices and justices.

Judicial Branch Homepage -
Official information on Maine courts and judiciary. 
Maine bankruptcy courts - Contact information for U.s. Bankruptcy Courts in Maine.

Small Claims Court - A  guide to small claims proceedings in District Court in which the plaintiff is seeking a money judgment of up to $6,000.00.


Finding a lawyer
For additional sources on locating attorneys by name, state or specialty see our
People and Organizations page
Attorney Directory (Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar) Maine attorneys admitted to the Bar. Searchable by name, zipcode, bar number, city or county.

Compilation of lawyer licensing databases - LLRX's links to individual state lawyer directories.

Maine Lawyer & Information Referral -  Description of and contact information for the Maine State Bar Association's lawyer referral service. 

What if you have a problem with your lawyer? - The American Bar Association discusses mediation, arbitration, lawyer discipline, malpractice, and stolen funds.

Forms
Maine Health Care Advance Directives -  A description of Maine Law on Health Care Advance Directives, including a link to the form.

Maine Court Forms (ME Judiciary)
Forms, including Civil and Family Matters, Money Judgment,  Protection from Abuse and Harassment, Protective Custody, and Small Claims, are available for download are in PDF format. 

Pine Tree Legal List of Court Forms - Includes Family Law forms, Protection From Abuse, and Protection From Harassment.and a new version of the interactive child support worksheet that will automatically get the right amounts from the child support tables.

Helpful websites and organizations

Aging & Disability Services (DHS)-FAQS information includes adult protective services, guardianship, advance directives, power of attorney and Maine Long-Term care Ombudsman Program

Attorney General's Consumer Law Guide - A guide to your rights as a consumer on everything from consumer fraud, new and used cars, home construction, home repairs, landlord/tenant issues, telemarketing, contracts and much, much more.

Building a Better Credit Report  - Facts for consumers from the Federal Trade Commission. A PDF of the booklet may also be downloaded.


Consumer Credit Counseling Services
- Provides Maine consumers with financial counseling, debt repayment plans, and consumer education. We are a community service, offering an effective alternative to bankruptcy.

Help ME Law- Maine legal help resources. Includes a search engine, a legal library of easy-to-read information about Maine legal topics (Consumer law, Education, Divorce and  child support, Housing, Employment, etc.), helpful organizations and court information.


Legal Aid Resources In Maine - From the Maine Judicial branch, a list of agencies and the areas of law they provide help for.
Legal Guide For Immigrants to Maine - Basic information from the Maine Bar Association on a variety of state and federal topics useful for non-citizens.

Legal Services for the Eldery (ME)
- LSE Provides free, high quality legal assistance to socially and economically needy Maine residents age 60 and older. Includes client education material, legal news (scams, for instance) and helpful links.

Maine Bankruptcy Law - Explains the federal bankruptcy process and the common surrounding issues, including the process, exemptions and alternatives,  as they pertain to Maine residents.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance - Non-profit service organization that provides legal assistance to low-income Maine residents. Site explains their services and who qualifies to receive them.

Law libraries in Maine
Cleaves Law Library - The Nathan & Henry B. Cleaves Law Library in Portland is open 24/7 to it's dues-paying members but the public can use it when it is staffed.

Garbrecht Law Library - A part of the University of Maine School of Law in Portland.

Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library - A public law library serving the people of Maine and the Legislature. Located in Augusta in the Capitol Building. 

Mediation and arbitration
Arbitration and Mediation (FedLaw) - Federal laws, regulations, procedures and other general information.

Attorney General's Consumer Mediation Information - Information on the free Consumer Mediation Service offered  to Maine consumers who have a problem with a business.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ME) - Information on ADR, which is available through the Maine courts in domestic relations matters, small claims, larger civil and commercial cases, land use and environmental disputes and is mandated in some types of cases.

Dispute Resolution Directory
- An alternative dispute resolution service locator searchable by role, area of expertise or state.

Lemon Law Arbitration Program (ME) - If your car is substantially defective and the dealer cannot fix it, you can apply for a free State Lemon Law Arbitration Hearing within two years from the date your car was originally sold and within the manufacturer's warranty coverage period.

Representing yourself in court
Representing Yourself (ME) - Information on when it is appropriate to represent yourself in Maine courts and links to additional information. 

Information for Pro Se Parties (U.S. District Court, District of Maine) - A guide to some of the procedures and standards of practice to be followed by persons filing suit, without the assistance of an attorney, in the U.S. District Court.

 


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