Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information
Effective Monday, June 1, 2020, unless otherwise indicated, Maine courthouses will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. See a full list of all court hours here.
You should only go to a courthouse if you are required to be there, or if you are seeking protection from abuse or harassment. Please see Revised Emergency Order and Notice from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
See the COVID-19 FAQs If you have questions about whether you should go to a courthouse or call 207-753-2999. For general inquiries concerning the Judicial Branch's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, contact email@example.com.
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.
Phased Re-Opening Plan for the Courts
The Judicial Branch has released the State of Maine Judicial Branch COVID-19 Phased Management Plan. The plan creates a five-phased process for reopening Maine Courts and is based on the most recent scientific data available from the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and stakeholder input. The plan was updated on July 2 to increase the maximum capacity of courtrooms and common areas to 50 people so long as social distancing can be practiced, beginning in Phase 3. Read the Plan.
Stakeholders Advisory Group
The Maine Judicial Branch hosted two virtual sessions of the newly created stakeholders advisory group, on May 14 and May 21, 2020. The purpose of the meetings was to obtain input and suggestions for continuing efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic as it pertains to the courts. These meetings were live audio streamed and the recordings are below.
- Stakeholders Advisory Session Recording May 14, 2020
- Stakeholders Advisory Session Recording May 21, 2020
Pandemic Management Orders
- June 17, 2020: The Trial Courts issued a revision to PMO-TC-1. The revised order replaces and supersede the previous order.
- June 5, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to PMO-SJC-2 to consolidate, clarify, correct, and ratify earlier emergency orders, including the administration of oaths at depositions conducted remotely via audio-video communication equipment and other matters.
- June 4, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to PMO-SJC-4 to allow for the refund of fees paid to the Maine Board of Bar Examiners for the cancelled July examination dates under certain circumstances.
- May 28, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to PMO-SJC-1 to incorporate the State of Maine Judicial Branch COVID-19 Phased Management Plan.
- May 20, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to PMO-SJC-2, providing additional clarity on the 49-day extension of due dates.
- May 13, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued revisions to two Pandemic Management Orders. The revised orders replace and supersede previous orders.
- May 5, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court and Trial Courts issued revisions to three Pandemic Management Orders. The revised orders replace and supersede previous orders:
- PMO-SJC-1: This revised order extends the operative date regarding scheduling cases to May 30, defers all jury trials through June 30, expands the case types that are eligible for scheduling and hearing during the effective dates of the order, implements new safety precautions for those entering courthouse facilities, and establishes a new stakeholders advisory group to provide information and assistance to the Maine Judicial Branch as the Branch continues to formulate plans to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on court operations.
- PMO-SJC-3: This order expands the list of documents that may be sent to Clerk's offices by email.
- PMO-TC-1: This order extends the deferral of all jury trials through the end of June 2020, extends the deadline to pay fines, fees, restitution and attorney fee reimbursements through June 1, 2020, and provides that all deadlines established pursuant to M.R. Civ. P. 80F (traffic infractions), and set to expire on or before May 31, 2020, are extended to June 1, 2020.
- April 17, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued an order regarding petitions concerning control of notifiable diseases and conditions pursuant to Title 22, chapter 250. The Court has promulgated forms for the Notice of Hearing and Order for hearings held pursuant to 22 M.R.S. § 820. See PMO-SJC-5 Order Regarding Petitions Concerning Control of Notifiable Diseases and Conditions.
Press Releases & Announcements
- July 2, 2020: The Judicial Branch announced today an update to the State of Maine Judicial Branch COVID-19 Phased Management Plan, expanding the maximum number of people permitted in a courtroom from 10 to 50 beginning in Phase 3. Social distancing requirements will remain in effect.
- May 27, 2020: The Judicial Branch announced today the release of the State of Maine Judicial Branch COVID-19 Phased Management Plan. The plan creates a five-phased process for reopening Maine Courts and is based on the most recent scientific data available from the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and stakeholder input.
- May 19, 2020: Court operations resumed in Portland on Monday, May 18, 2020 following cleaning and disinfecting and a negative COVID-19 test result. See Court Operations Resume in Portland.
- May 18, 2020: The Maine Judicial Branch will host the second of two virtual sessions of the newly created Stakeholders Advisory Group on May 21, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. See Notice of May 21 Stakeholders Meeting.
- May 15, 2020: Cumberland County Courts Closed Following Possible Case of COVID-19.
- May 12, 2020: The Maine Judicial Branch will host two virtual sessions of the newly created stakeholders advisory group, on May 14 and May 21, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. The purpose of the meetings is to obtain input and suggestions for continuing efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic as it pertains to the courts. See Notice of Upcoming Stakeholders Meetings.
- May 5, 2020: The Maine Judicial Branch issued revisions to the Pandemic Management Orders (PMOs) today updating the measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency.
- 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.