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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Somerset County District Court - Skowhegan as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Somerset County, Maine, and resources applicable to all courts in Maine.
Search court case records
Maine Criminal Records
The State Bureau of Identification offers a fee-based search for criminal history records and juvenile crime information by name and date of birth.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
Superior and District Court Quarterly Schedules
View hearing schedules for Superior and District Courts for the current quarter by region.
Published opinions and orders
Business and Consumer Court Orders and Decisions
Search opinions, orders, and decisions of the Maine Business and Consumer Court by docket number, case name, or date.
Attorney General Legal Opinions
View Maine Attorney General opinions from 2003 - 2013.
Forms and related information
Civil Court Forms
Pine Tree Legal Assistance offers selected family, small claims, and protection order forms. Forms may be downloaded, or completed online through an automated interview process.
View and download Maine District and Superior Court forms by subject matter, including business, consumer, civil, criminal, family, protection order, and small claims cases. Several forms are available in multiple languages.
Online fine payments
Pay Court Fines
Pay court fines online for any Maine court by date of birth or docket number. A convenience fee applies. A link to traffic ticket payments is also available.
Pay Traffic Tickets
Pay Maine traffic tickets online by ticket number and driver's license number or date of birth. This service also permits access to violation records and information about court dates.
Self help, legal research, general information
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
View current and proposed Maine Court Rules.
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.
Disability Rights Resources
The Disability Rights Center of Maine offers information and referral services, advocacy, legal representation, education and training for individuals with disabilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Traffic Violation Information
View information about traffic violations, including answers to frequently asked questions, definitions of terms, and payment options.
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.
Glossary of Maine Legal Terms and Acronyms
View definitions of common legal terms and acronyms provided by the Maine Judicial Branch.
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.
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.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Court Appointed Lawyers
View information from the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services on how to apply for a court appointed lawyer and the types of cases for which the Commission provides lawyers.
Find a Volunteer Lawyer
The Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project provides legal assistance for low-income residents with family law, consumer law, benefits, personal injury, real estate, and tax law issues.
Find Free Legal Assistance
Pine Tree Legal Assistance offers free civil legal help to low-income residents, as well as information about various legal topics, downloadable legal forms and links to other legal assistance organizations.
Find Legal Help for Immigrants
The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project provides legal assistance for low-income individuals with immigration issues.
Find Legal Help for Seniors
Legal Services for the Elderly provides free legal help with consumer, health care, and benefit collection issues for low-income Maine seniors.
Find Legal Help for the Disabled
The Disability Rights Center offers legal assistance and advocacy for residents with disabilities.
Attorney Complaint Forms and Information
The Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar offers instructions for filing a complaint against a lawyer, information about fee disputes, and downloadable complaint and fee dispute forms.
Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability
The Maine Judicial Branch provides information about the Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability, including instructions on filing a complaint against a judge.
Lawyer Referral Service
Find information and an online application for lawyer referral services offered by the Maine State Bar Association.
Maine Attorney Disciplinary Decisions
View attorney disciplinary decisions by date, docket number, or case name from 2000 to current year.
Student Attorneys for Low-Income Residents
The Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic provides representation by faculty-supervised law students for low-income state residents. Areas of legal representation include general practice (family, criminal, and civil cases), prisoner assistance, juvenile justice, refugee and human rights claims, and protection from abuse.