It is important to have local counsel in any dispute. As the saying goes, it is often not what you know, but who you know that really counts. We are not suggesting that we are able to pull strings that others cannot, but we do support the proposition that it is important to be known to Court personnel, including the clerks and the bailiffs, as well as to the Judges. If you are known as an attorney whose word is good, and who doesn’t bring frivolous cases, you will be able to get better results for your clients.
In Maine, all new family law matters must be brought in the District Court. We frequent the District Courts located in West Bath, Portland, Wiscasset and Lewiston. These courts correspond to Sagadahoc, Cumberland, Lincoln and Androscoggin Counties, respectively.
Because of our Augusta and Sugarloaf connections, we also occasionally appear in Rockland, Augusta, Belfast and Farmington District Courts. These correspond to Knox, Southern Kennebec, Waldo and Franklin Counties, respectively.
Some old post-divorce cases remain in Superior Court. Likewise, if you want a jury trial on a civil matter or a criminal matter, you must go to Superior Court. The Superior Courts for Knox and Franklin Counties are in the same buildings as their District Courts. The Waldo County Superior Court is on the same street as their District Court, but in a different building. The Superior Court for Androscoggin County is located in Auburn, just across the river from the District Court in Lewiston. The Superior Court for Sagadahoc County is located in Bath, but the Clerk’s office is in West Bath, in the District Court building.
If you are seeking an attorney for representation on a case which is not located in one of the courts or counties listed above, you should not bother calling us. It simply isn’t cost effective, in most circumstances, to have your attorney travel great distances to get to court. On the other hand, if your case will be heard in one of these courts or counties, please feel free to give us a call. There is no charge for your initial consultation.