Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Courthouse Hours — March 30 to April 3, 2020

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 operations will be reduced in courthouses throughout the state to help limit community transmission of COVID-19. See a full list of all court hours here. The courthouses will remain open and sufficiently staffed to ensure access for those who request protection from personal violence and whose liberty interests are at stake. Please see Revised Emergency Order and Notice from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

You should only go to a courthouse if you are required to be there, or if you are seeking protection from abuse or harassment.

If you have questions about whether you should go to a courthouse, please call 207-753-2999. For general inquiries concerning the Judicial Branch's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, contact info@courts.maine.gov.

During this public health emergency, we pledge to do all we can to keep our employees and the public that come to the court healthy and safe. Court users and employees are reminded to take the same precautions that would be used during any flu season (wash your hands thoroughly, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and stay home when you’re sick).

The Maine Judicial Branch is monitoring updates from the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for ongoing guidance and direction regarding necessary precautions and action plans. Please consult this page for updates on the Judicial Branch's respone to the COVID-19 outbreak. Updates will be made as new information becomes available. 

Pandemic Management Orders

Superseded Pandemic Management Orders & Rules

  • March 16, 2020: Effective immediately, the Maine Superior Court and District Court issue an order broadening any statutory definition (for purposes of Titles 18-C, 19-A, 22, or similar statute) of face-to-face or in person contact or interviews with children and families to include video and telephone contact. See Emergency Order Regarding Face-to-Face or In-Person Contacts with Children and Families.

  • March 13, 2020: Effective immediately through May 1, 2020, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has issued an order postponing all in-person court events for family, civil, and criminal dockets, with exceptions. No jury trials will be held. All boards and committees established by the SJC are authorized to conduct conferences by electronic means. See Revised Emergency Order and Notice Court Safety and Coronavirus (COVID-19). (Revised March 18, 2020)

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