Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Updates will be made as new information becomes available.
Pandemic Management Orders
- March 30, 2020: As the Judicial Branch continues its response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, this and other orders will be revised from time to time. This order augments and supersedes the prior Revised Emergency Order and Notice. See PMO-SJC-1 Revised Emergency Order and Notice from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
- March 30, 2020: This order from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court consolidates, ratifies, and supersedes the previous orders concerning the administration of oaths at depositions, the electronic filing of motions directly bearing on a criminal defendant’s liberty interests, unexpired deadlines in Trial Court cases, unexpired deadlines relating to Law Court appeal, and face-to-face or in-person contacts with children and families.
See PMO-SJC-2 Pandemic Management Order from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court Consolidating, Ratifying, and Superseding the Previous Orders.
- March 30, 2020: This order is intended to reinforce and reiterate the requirement that only certain documents may be sent to Clerk’s offices by email. See PMO-SJC-3 Emergency Rule from the Supreme Judicial Court for the Filing of Documents in Priority Case Types.
- March 30, 2020: In light of public health concerns arising from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the trial court chiefs of Maine’s Judicial Branch have issued a number of Emergency Orders. This order consolidates some of those orders into one document and clarifies, corrects, and ratifies those orders. See PMO-TC-1 Pandemic Management Order from the Maine Trial Court Chiefs Consolidating, Ratifying, and Superseding Previous Orders.
Superseded Pandemic Management Orders & Rules
- March 27, 2020: Effective immediately, the Maine District Court issued an order to allow all mental health hearings scheduled in District Court pursuant to Title 34-B, sections 3864 and 3873-A, to be conducted via videoconference. See Emergency Order Regarding Hearings Conducted Pursuant to Title 34-B, Sections 3864 and 3873-A.
- March 26, 2020: Effective immediately, by Order of the Trial Chiefs, no jury trials shall be conducted, no prospective trial jurors shall be summonsed, no grand jury proceedings will be conducted, and no grand juries will meet for the months of April and May, 2020. See Emergency Order Concerning Jury Trials, Traverse Jurors, and Grand Juries.
- March 25, 2020: Effective immediately, and until further order of the Court, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued an order for the administering of oaths at depositions via remote audio-video communication equipment. See Emergency Order for the Administering of Oaths at Depositions via Remote Audio-Video Communication Equipment.
- March 23, 2020: Effective immediately, the Maine Superior Court and District Court issued an order extending the due dates for payment of all fines, restitution, court fees, and reimbursement of court-appointed counsel fees to May 4, 2020, or to the ordered due date in May 2020, whichever is later. See Emergency Order Extending the Time for Payment of Fines, Restitution, Court Fees, and Reimbursement of Court-Appointed Counsel Fees.
- March 20, 2020: Effective immediately, the Maine Superior Court and District Court issued an order to accept all motions requesting the incarceration or the release of a criminal defendant by email sent to the Clerk and copied to opposing counsel. See Emergency Order Regarding Electronic Filing of Motions Directly Bearing on a Criminal Defendant’s Liberty Interests.
- March 18, 2020: The Maine District Court issued an order regarding child protection proceedings. See Order Regarding Child Protection Proceedings.
- March 18, 2020: The Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued a revised emergency order and notice regarding courthouse safety and coronavirus (COVID-19). See Revised Emergency Order and Notice Court Safety and Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- March 17, 2020: Effective immediately, the Maine Superior Court and District Court issued an order extending unexpired deadlines. See Emergency Order Extending Unexpired Deadlines.
- March 17, 2020: Effective immediately, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued an order extending unexpired deadlines relating to Law Court appeals. See Emergency Order Extending Unexpired Deadlines Relating to Law Court Appeals.
- March 17, 2020: Effective immediately, the Maine Superior Court issued an order suspending all medical malpractice proceedings at least through May 1, 2020. See Emergency Order Suspending All Medical Malpractice Proceedings.
- March 16, 2020: Effective immediately, the Maine Superior Court and District Court have issued an order vacating outstanding warrants for unpaid fines, unpaid restitution, unpaid court-appointed counsel fees, failure to appear for upaid fine hearings, and any other failure to appear and pay other fees. See Emergency Order Vacating Warrants for Unpaid Fines, Unpaid Restitution, Unpaid Court-Appointed Counsel Fees, and Other Criminal Fees.
- 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)
- April 8, 2020: Courthouse Facilities Update regarding the York County Superior Courthouse in Alfred.
- March 22, 2020: Maine Judicial Branch Announces Reduction in Court Hours and Adjustments to Operations as Part of COVID-19 Response.
- March 22, 2020: Courthouse Facilities Update regarding court hours of operations, the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta, and York County Superior Courthouse in Alfred.
- March 18, 2020: Capital Judicial Center Temporarily Closed for Cleaning After Individual Reports Testing Presumptively Positive for COVID-19.