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Legal Aid Resources in Maine
A list of organizations in Maine that offer legal services. Most agencies offer services for low income, the elderly, or people with disabilities.
MSBA Lawyer Referral Service
The Maine State Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service charges a $25 administrative fee, and referred attorneys will not charge for the first half-hour of a consultation. After the first half-hour, standard legal fees may apply. Everyone is eligible for this service.
Call (800) 860-1460 or mainebar.community.lawyer
Courthouse Assistance Project (CHAP) for Divorce or Parental Rights Cases
If you have a low income and cannot afford a lawyer, a volunteer may be able to help you fill out court forms, learn about "service" of forms, calculate child support, and answer some of your questions.
Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services
Provides representation to low-income criminal defendants, juvenile defendants, parents in child protective cases, and people facing involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital, who are entitled to an attorney under the Constitution or Maine Law.
Uniform Maine Citations
Originally prepared by Michael D. Seitzinger and Charles K. Leadbetter, members of the Maine Bar, Uniform Maine Citations provides updated rules for the citation of Maine legal authorities, including constitutional provisions, statutory and legislative materials, judicial decisions, court rules, treatises, periodicals, and miscellaneous Maine authorities.
Sources of Maine Law
- Maine Constitution
- Laws of the State of Maine (Statutes)
- Maine Statute Search: Find a law by keyword or title/section number
- Maine Legislative Session Information: Find Bill Text and Status
- Maine Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure
- Rules of Maine State Government Agencies
Guides & Publications
The Judicial Branch has published a number of guides and publications for non-attorneys that outline a person's rights, responsibilities, and court process, as well as provide steps on how to file various types of cases.
Ask a Law Librarian
Reference librarians at the Maine State Law and Legislative Library will research and respond via email to requests that can be answered briefly and are of a legal, legislative, or governmental nature.
Maine State Law and Legislative Library
The Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library in Augusta, a division of the Maine Legislature, is the state's public law library. The library is staffed full-time, provides reference services over the phone and via email, and mails materials to Maine residents.
The Nathan and Henry B. Cleaves Law Library
The Nathan and Henry B. Cleaves Law Library provides legal research and assistance to all lawyers, to the courts and to the public. The library strives to maintain a complete and up-to-date collection of materials in an appropriate physical setting, and to deliver competent, professional research assistance that allows patrons to make full use of the Library's resources.
Penobscot County Law Library
The Penobscot County Law Library at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor has patron access to Westlaw, a comprehensive electronic research service. Hardbound materials include the Maine Revised Statutes, the Maine Reporter, and several Maine-specific treatises. These are for reference only and are not to be taken from the library. The Penobscot County Law Library is staffed part-time.
Donald L. Garbrecht Law Library
The Donald L. Garbrecht Law Library supports the research and educational needs of the students, faculty and staff at the University of Maine School of Law. The Library provides assistance to the state's judiciary, members of the bar, the legal community, and the general public.