A Guide to Protection from Abuse and Protection from Harassment Cases

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This guide has important information about filing, or responding to, a protection from abuse or protection from harassment case. All sections of the guide can better help both sides understand their rights and responsibilities under the protection laws.

Part A deals with protection from abuse cases, where the plaintiff, (the individual filing the case), currently has or had a relationship with the defendant, (the individual responding).

Part B deals with protection from harassment cases. No current or prior relationship is required in protection from harassment cases.There are no fees in a protection from abuse case.

There may or may not be fees in a protection from harassment case. The clerk’s office will tell you what the fees are, if applicable.To begin a case, the plaintiff must fill out, sign, and submit the first three forms listed below for the type of case involved. (Additional forms may be required. These forms are listed below.) If a judge decides the information in the Complaint qualifies, he or she will grant a temporary order immediately. Whether or not a temporary order is granted, the case may be scheduled for a hearing on a final order at that time.

Both the plaintiff and the defendant must attend the final hearing. Be prepared to present your side of the case before the judge at that time. If you do not go to court on the date of the final hearing, the court will likely decide the case against you.

Important disclaimer: The specific requirements concerning your case are contained in the statutes, rules, and administrative orders. The guide is provided for informational purposes only.

The guide is currently available in English to view or download as a PDF. A Guide to Protection from Abuse and Harassment Cases (2016). If you have trouble viewing, you may download a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader here.

Many frequently used forms have been translated into the eight most common non-English spoken languages used in Maine courts and are available below.

Interpreters are available by telephone at all court clerk’s offices to assist non-English speakers.

Protection from Abuse Forms

Protection from Harassment Forms

Translated Forms

Translated PDF forms are for reference only; forms submitted to the District Court must be in English

Arabic / العربية

Complaint for Protection from Abuse (PA-001) / من سوء المعاملة دعوى حماية
Protection Order Service Information (PA-005) / بيانات الإعلان بأمر الحماية
Complaint for Protection from Harassment (PA-006) / من التحرش دعوى حماية
Defendant’s Motion (PA-010) / طلب المدعي
Plaintiff’s Pre-Judgment Motion to Dismiss Complaint (PA-012) / برد الدعوى الطلب السابق على الحكم من المدعي
Motion to Extend Order for Protection (PA-013) / أمر الحماية طلب تمديد
Affidavit for Confidential Address/Telephone Number (PA-015) / رقم تليفون سري عنوان سري/ إشهاد من أجل

Chinese / 中国

French / Français

Khmer / ភាសាខ្មែរ,

Russian / русский

Somali / Soomaali

Spanish / Español

Vietnamese / Việt