What follows is a brief but informative summary of small claims rules and procedures in Maine. Keep in mind that rules and laws change. It’s always a good idea to confirm the rules with the court or with further research.
Maximum Jurisdictional Dollar Amount: The maximum dollar amount is $4,500.
Where Suit May Be Brought: Case may be brought where the defendant resides, does business, or where transaction occurred. Cases against corporations may be brought where resident agent resides.
Proper Manner of Service of Process upon Defendant: Service may be made by certified mail, registered mail, sheriff, deputy, court-approved adult, or court clerk.
How the Hearing Date Is Selected: The hearing date is set by the court.
Attorney Representation Rule: Attorneys are allowed.
Special Provisions Regarding Transfer or Jurisdiction of Cases: Allowed.
Availability of Appeals: Either litigant may appeal to Superior Court within 30 days.
Special Rules and Notes: Limited injunctive relief is available. Jury trials are not available. The court may order mediation. Court cannot hear cases involving ownership of real estate.
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