Maine Courts Response to COVID-19

Face masks are not required to enter a courthouse or other Judicial Branch facility. Please be advised certain areas of a courthouse, such as small conference rooms, may require masking. Please see PPMO-SJC-1.

Before Traveling to a Courthouse

Courts and clerk's offices may close unexpectedly. Call the clerk's office or check the Court Alerts & Closings before traveling to a courthouse.

Regardless of vaccination status, no person may enter a courthouse or other Judicial Branch facility if that individual:

  1. Is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, or
  2. Has tested positive for COVID-19 or been advised to self-quarantine within the last 5 days.

Post-Pandemic Management Order

PPMO-SJC-1: Administrative Order and Notice from the Maine Supreme Court
(Rev. May 4, 2022). PPMO-SJC-1 governs the health status requirements of individuals entering Maine's courthouses and other Judicial Branch facilities; provides regional courts with case scheduling authority and discretion to presiding judicial officers to determine the format for court proceedings (either remotely or in-person); sets a minimum filing date for all criminal complaints/summons before arraignment; governs the format for Supreme Judicial Court Oral Arguments; allows boards and committees to conduct activities remotely; and rescinds a number of previously issued Pandemic Management Orders (PMOs).

See all Post-Pandemic Management Orders (PPMOs) and Pandemic Management Orders (PMOs) currently in effect.

Frequently Asked Questions

See the COVID-19 FAQs for answers to your most frequently asked questions about the Judicial Branch's response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.


Please consult this page for updates on the Judicial Branch's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates will be made as new information becomes available.

If you have questions about whether you should go to a courthouse, call the clerk's office or

For general inquiries concerning the Judicial Branch's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, contact