Accessibility for the Disabled FAQs

Does the Judicial Branch have a policy on access for people with disabilities?

Yes. The Judicial Branch adopted a policy in 2000. To review the policy please click here.

How do I request accommodations for my disability?

Requests for accommodations by court users may be made to the clerk of court where the proceeding will take place or to the assigned judge, case management officer or mediator.

Requests can be made in writing on forms provided by the court. Download request form to print, complete, and mail. This form is also available from the clerk of court. For more information, please review the Accommodation Request Procedure

Can I bring an animal into Judicial Branch Facilities?

No. Pets or other animals are not permitted in the public areas of Judicial Branch facilities unless they are service animals. The State of Maine Judicial Branch welcomes your service animal in our public areas. We recognize that accommodation needs vary and that service animals perform a variety of functions. For more information, please review the Judicial Branch Guide to the Use of Service Animals.

Who do I contact if I feel I've been treated unfairly?

Individuals have the right to file a grievance when they believe that the Judicial Branch or its employees have not complied with the provisions of the Policy or the Accommodations Request Procedure whereby access accommodations and/or auxiliary aids and services are to be provided.

A complaint should be in writing, and contain the name and address of the person filing it, and briefly describe the action or inaction that is being grieved.

The complaint should be filed with the Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 4820, Portland, Maine 04112-4820. The complaint should be sent to the attention of the Access to Justice Coordinator. The Administrative Office of the Courts will provide writing assistance for persons unable to prepare their grievance because of a disability.

The grievance should be filed within a reasonable time, generally within 15 days, after the person filing the complaint becomes aware of the action or inaction.

To review the grievance procedure, please click here.