Judicial Branch Is Adding Protection from Abuse and Harassment Cases in Courts that have Implemented eFiling

Date: 5/8/2024

The Maine Judicial Branch announced today that it is adding two additional case types to the list of cases that can be eFiled in courts that have implemented Maine eCourts - Protection from Abuse (PA) and Protection from Harassment (PH) cases.

Beginning June 10, 2024, attorneys filing PA and PH cases in Bangor, Lewiston, Rumford, Farmington, and South Paris courts will be required to eFile using the eFileMaine platform. People who file for a Protection Order without an attorney will not be required to eFile and can continue to file for a Protection Order as they do now by paper, in person at the courthouse, or by email.

"The addition of Protection Order cases to the list of civil cases available in Maine eCourts required extensive collaboration over many months with our partners in the law enforcement community," said State Court Administrator Amy Quinlan. We are grateful to the Access Integrity Unit team at the Department of Public Safety for their cooperation and tenacity in helping integrate eCourts with their system, commonly referred to as the "Metro switch.""

Maine eCourts is a suite of applications and web-based tools that harnesses Tyler Technologies' Enterprise Justice Software for managing court dockets and hearings, storing digital case files, electronic filing, and online payments. The new system continues to be rolled out incrementally to courts across the state. To date, Maine eCourts and eFiling has been implemented statewide for traffic cases, statewide for the Business and Consumer Docket (BCD), and in Bangor, Lewiston, Auburn, Rumford, Farmington, and South Paris courts for family and civil case types.

Members of the Maine eCourts project team will hold a virtual presentation on the addition of PA and PH case types at noon on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. For a link to join, please visit the Maine eCourts web page: https://www.courts.maine.gov/ecourts/efile-resources.html.

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Barbara Cardone, Esq., Director of Legal Affairs and Public Relations
207-213-2803 (office)

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