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Maine Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.


Maine Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Me. Const.)

  2. Bills
  3. Laws of the State of Maine (Me. Laws)
    These are session laws. For codified laws, see Maine Revised Statutes, below.
  4. Maine Revised Statutes (Me. Rev. Stat.)
    See also uniform laws and interstate compacts.

    Additional Resources
    Weekly Legislative Reports … [Maine House of Representatives] — These are summary reports of legislative business.
    Maine Legislative Drafting Manual (rev. 2009) … [Revisor of Statutes] — Guide for drafting legislative instruments.


Maine Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules ♦ Rules of Procedure ♦ Rules of Practice


Maine Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
  2. Code of Maine Rules (Me. R. Code)
  3. Opinions ♦ Decisions ♦ Orders ♦ Rulings


Maine Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • General Code, LLC
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link. For additional municipalities, see links at the Donald L. Garbrecht Law Library at the University of Maine.


    Maine Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Maine law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.


    Other Maine Commentary

    1. Guide to Doing Business in Maine. Bernstein Shur. … [Lex Mundi]


    Maine Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Maine Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, see Judgepedia, a Wikipedia-style web site, self-described as “an encyclopedia about judges and courts,” which is maintained by the Sam Adams Alliance (Illinois).
    1. Web Sites
      See also contact information for superior courts and Maine district courts.
    2. Court Fees


    Maine Forms

    1. Court Forms

    2. Revenue Services — Tax Forms

    3. Secretary of State, Division of Corporations — Forms and Fees
    4. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.

      Additional Resources


    Other Maine Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact and Staff Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / North Carolina Industrial Commission]

    3. Bar Associations ♦ Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools ♦ Admission to Practice ♦ Continuing Legal Education
    5. Maine Board of Bar Examiners
    6. University of Maine School of Law
    7. Consulate General of Canada in Boston … Canadian consular services for Maine residents.


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Judicial Branch Publications
    3. Maine State Bar Association — Legal Information Pamphlets

    4. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Maine Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Maine law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Maine.

    5. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. HelpMELaw … [Pro Bono Net (N.Y.)] — “We provide legal information for low-income people in the State of Maine. This includes easy-to-read self-help information on topics such as divorce and tenants rights, Medicaid and food stamps, as well as information about free and low-cost legal services in Maine.”
      2. Maine Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      3. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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