Civil Legal Services Fund Commission

The Maine Civil Legal Services Fund (Fund) was established to support civil legal services to persons who otherwise are not able to pay for these services. Money in the Fund is disbursed to legal service providers to support the provision of free legal services to low-income or needy people or the needy elderly in Maine. The Supreme Judicial Court or a person or organization designated by the Court is the administrator and shall administer the Fund. See 4 M.R.S. section 18-A (6).

Related website: Maine Justice Foundation (The Maine Justice Foundation provides in-kind staff support to the Commission for the biennial application process, the annual reporting process by grantees, and the annual submission of reports to the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary.)*


2023 MCLSF Annual Report (PDF)

Membership Roster

Term expires March 1, 2026

Edmond J. Bearor, Esq., of Bangor

Term expires March 1, 2027

Carol R. Emery, Esq., of Tenants Harbor

Term expires March 1, 2027

Sara A. Murphy, Esq., of Portland

Hon. Andrew M. Mead, Supreme Judicial Court Liaison

Effective March 18, 2024 (SJC-140)