Guide & File

Guide & File is only available for traffic violation cases statewide and small claims cases that can be filed in the Bangor District Court. Please note that, at this time, eFiling is available for small claims matters in which Bangor District Court is the proper court under the applicable law. See 4 MRS 155. If your small claims case is not properly filed in the Bangor District Court, do not eFile. See the Small Claims webpage.

eFiling is mandatory for attorneys where Maine eCourts is available and optional for most other filers.

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What is Guide & File?

Guide & File is an interactive, web-based application that files court documents electronically by walking an individual through a series of questions called an "interview." Guide & File is designed for parties who are not represented by an attorney.

When finished with an interview, a self-represented party will be able to:

  • Electronically file (eFile) forms with the court; or
  • Download the documents for saving to their hard drive; and
  • Print the forms.

Is Guide & File available for my court?

Guide & File is being phased in in courts around the state. Currently, it is available for traffic violation cases statewide, and small claims cases that can be filed in the Bangor District Court.

Is my case type or filing available in Guide & File?

Currently, the following Guide & File interviews are available to help self-represented parties fill out court documents in courts where eFiling is available:

  • Small claims cases (Bangor District Court only); and
  • Traffic violation cases, statewide, for these actions:
    • Contesting a traffic violation;
    • Requesting a continuance (postponement);
    • Paying a traffic fine.

See A Guide to Small Claims Cases for general information on small claims cases.

See the Traffic Violations page for more information on traffic violations.

Guide & File FAQs

See "Using Guide & File" FAQs on the eCourts FAQ page.

Support Resources

eFiling Technical Support

Phone: (800) 297-5377
available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Emails received during normal business hours are normally responded to within 24 hours, Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Emails received after 10 p.m. or on a holiday will be responded to on the following business day.

Judicial Branch eFiling Help
For rule or process-related questions about eFiling in Maine courts, contact Emails received during normal business hours (Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. excluding holidays) will be responded to within 24 hours.

Traffic Violations Related Questions
Contact the Maine Violations Bureau's Helpline: (207) 783-5422 with questions about traffic tickets.