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Maine Judicial Branch ShareFile Program Expanding Statewide
The Maine Judicial Branch announced today that beginning July 5, 2022, all Judicial Branch district and superior courts will accept court filings in certain case types using the Citrix ShareFile platform. After signing up with the Judicial Branch, attorneys will be able to submit pleadings and other filings in criminal, juvenile, and civil violation cases.
ShareFile began as a pilot project in January 2022 in York County Superior Court. After a positive reception from attorney users and court clerks, ShareFile was expanded to courts in York, Aroostook, Washington, Hancock, and Cumberland counties. Beginning July 5, attorneys and firms will be able to use the platform in all Judicial Branch district and superior courts statewide. Filings will also continue to be accepted by traditional means, i.e., by filing in person or via the U.S. Postal Service.
The ShareFile pilot began in response to the strain placed on attorneys and the courts because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Judicial Branch will continue to evaluate ShareFile for possible future expansion to additional case types and users.
To use ShareFile, attorneys and legal assistants must submit the Opt-In form available on the Judicial Branch website. A short training video for ShareFile is also available.
See Administrative Order JB-21-06 (A. 7-22), Order Regarding Filing Using ShareFile Pilot.