Maine Self Help and Legal Research
This page provides information about Self Help and Legal Research resources in Maine.
Links are grouped by those that cover courts statewide, for multiple counties, and then by individual county.
Maine - Statewide Courts Self Help
Maine Legal Information
Legal information is available in several languages on a variety of topics, including Housing, Family, Employment, Education, Consumer, Public Benefits, Health Care, Taxes, Veterans and Military, and Civil Rights law. General Court information is also provided, including procedural and legal assistance.
Search Maine Revised Statutes by keyword, title, or section number. Click LIST OF TITLES in the left column to browse by title, chapter, and section.
The HelpMELaw website provides legal information, statewide resources, and research assistance to individuals with legal issues without legal representation.
Traffic Violation Information
View information about traffic violations, including answers to frequently asked questions, definitions of terms, and payment options.
Small Claims Court Information
View information about small claims cases in Maine District Courts, with links to laws, forms, and additional online resources. Links to a Small Claims Guide and forms are in the left column.
Domestic Violence Information
View answers to frequently asked questions about domestic violence, domestic abuse and the Protection Order process in Maine. Links to agencies and programs for further legal assistance are also provided.
Child Support Services
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services offers information about child support services, including paternity, online payments, and other resources related to child support.
Business and Consumer Court
View information about the statewide court division that handles certain business and consumer cases. Links to forms and answers to frequently asked questions are in the left column.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
View information about mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Maine Superior Courts, with a link to a searchable directory of mediators and other ADR neutrals.
View current and proposed Maine Court Rules.
View information about representing yourself in Maine courts, including links to an overview of trial procedure, a Citizen's Guide to the Courts, and frequently asked questions.
Help Guides and Handbooks
The Maine Judicial Branch provides a Citizen's Guide to the Maine Courts, a Guide to Protection from Abuse and Harassment Actions, a Guide to Small Claims Proceedings in the Maine District Court, and several family law publications.
Family Division Information
View information about Family Division of the District Court, including child protective cases, guardians ad litem, divorce, juvenile cases, and the role of the family law magistrate.
State Law Library
View information about the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, including contacts, hours, available resources and services, and an online catalog.
Equal Justice Partners Information
The Maine Equal Justice Partners program provides assistance, advocacy, resources and publications for low-income residents dealing with health care, public assistance, education, employment and immigration issues.
Disability Rights Resources
The Disability Rights Center of Maine offers information and referral services, advocacy, legal representation, education and training for individuals with disabilities.
Executive Clemency Information
View information about commutations of sentences and pardons of criminal convictions in Maine, including answers to frequently asked questions and a downloadable application for clemency.
Superior Court Civil Case Information
View information about the types of civil cases heard in Maine Superior Courts, and general information about civil procedure.
Superior Court Criminal Case Information
Criminal case information for Superior Court is provided by the Maine Judicial Branch, including types of offenses, the standard of proof, and crime classifications.
District Court Civil Case Information
View information about the types of civil cases heard in Maine District Courts, and general information about civil procedure.
District Court Criminal Case Information
Criminal case information for District Court is provided by the Maine Judicial Branch, including types of offenses, the standard of proof, and crime classifications.
View information about Forcible Entry and Detainer Actions (eviction) in Maine District Courts, including mediation options and links to guides and brochures on landlord-tenant issues.
Mental Health Commitments
View information about involuntary mental health commitment proceedings, including links to frequently asked questions, procedural guides and resources, and statutory guidelines for use in Maine District Courts.
View information about protection orders in Maine District Courts, including types of orders, a downloadable guide, and links to additional online resources.
View information about the Foreclosure Diversion Program, which arranges mediation between homeowners and lenders. Links to forms and answers to frequently asked questions are included.
Glossary of Maine Legal Terms and Acronyms
View definitions of common legal terms and acronyms provided by the Maine Judicial Branch.
County and Online Law Libraries
View information about local law libraries and online library resources. Links to locations and online resources are in the left column.
Crime Victim Help
The Maine Department of Corrections offers information about services available to crime victims, including notification, assistance with harassment problems, a prisoner and probationer search, address confidentiality, and victims' compensation.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Resources
The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence offers resources to victims, including a 24-hour hotline, referrals and information about temporary shelter and housing, resource centers, court assistance, safety planning and support services.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in Maine, including state agencies offering housing counseling services, a toll-free hotline, and links to legal assistance.
Adult Drug Treatment Court
Adult Drug Treatment Court provides an alternative to criminal adjudication for offenses involving substance abuse committed by an adult. Drug Courts operate in the Superior Courts of Androscoggin, Hancock, and York Counties, the Portland District Court in Cumberland County, and the Calais and Machias District Courts in Washington County.
Family Treatment Drug Court
View information about Family Treatment Drug Court, which works with families whose children have been at risk of abuse or neglect due to parental substance abuse. These Courts offer alternatives to criminal adjudication for parental offenders willing to submit to intensive recovery treatment, while providing for the protection and welfare of their minor children. Family Treatment Drug Courts are located in Androscoggin County District Court in Lewiston, Kennebec County District Court in Augusta, and Penobscot County District Court in Bangor.
Maine Co-Occurring Disorders and Veterans Court
The Maine Co-Occurring Disorders and Veterans Court provides alternative treatment programs for civilians with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness disorders as well as for military veterans who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse. This Court operates out of the Augusta Judicial Center in Kennebec County and accepts cases from District and Superior Courts statewide.
Aroostook County - Courts Self Help Resources
Aroostook County Criminal Procedure and Victims Rights
The Aroostook County District Attorney's Office offers information about criminal procedure, including victims' rights, pretrial motions, criminal complaints, probable cause hearings, bail, and grand juries.