Procedures Applicable to a Plaintiff in a Protection Case - Service of the Complaint and Related Forms

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H. Service of the Complaint and Related Forms. Generally, the court will arrange service of a temporary order on an in-state defendant. To speed up service, however, the court may ask the plaintiff to take the court papers to the police department or sheriff's office. The plaintiff should call the sheriff's department or police department to find out when the papers are served on the defendant. If the defendant resides outside the state of Maine, you should consult with the clerk of courts to assist in the arrangement for service of the complaint and related forms on the defendant in the State where the defendant resides. If no temporary order is issued or if the defendant resides outside of the state of Maine, you should consult with the clerk of courts to assist in the arrangement for service of the complaint and related forms on the defendant.

I. If the Plaintiff Changes His/Her Mind. If the plaintiff decides not to proceed with the case prior to the final hearing, he/she should inform the clerk as soon as possible. The clerk will ask the plaintiff to put any request to dismiss the case in writing. The judge may want to speak with the plaintiff before dismissing the case.

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