Has Lawyers in Libraries Worked to Bring Access to Justice to Consumers?

May 11 MeGAL wrote to Justice Andrew Mead regarding the tools being used to improve access to justice within the judicial branch and the courts they are charged with managing.  The follow up email had one driving question – while … Continue reading

Does Lawyers in Libraries work at bringing Access to Justice to those in Need?

Maine has a lawyer-sponsored program that has been pulled together by various groups called “Lawyers in Libraries“. The idea seem to be that as a consumer you could make an appointment to sit down with a lawyer and receive legal … Continue reading

We Asked – Will Parents (Pro se) Be Given the Same Educational Experiences as Lawyers

We have sent several letters to the Judicial Branch regarding the course which was being offered by the York County and Maine Bar to its members. We asked whether or not the Judicial Branch had any plans to give the … Continue reading

MeGAL’s response to the Judicial Branch on DOJ Letter Concerning Illegal Enforcement of Fines and Fees

The final salvo in the exchange between MeGAL and the Judicial Branch. After this we have not heard back from the Judicial Branch. From: J M Coll Sent: Mar 22, 2016 10:38 AM To: “Mary.Ann Lynch” Cc: Justice Andrew Mead … Continue reading

Reply from Maine’s Judicial Branch on DOJ Letter Concerning Illegal Enforcement of Fines and Fees

On March 20, 2016 we queried the Judicial Branch on whether or not they were aware of a recent letter published by the Department of Justice.The Judicial Branch responded a day later that they know but – the issues brought … Continue reading

To Maine’s Judicial Branch on DOJ Letter Concerning Illegal Enforcement of Fines and Fees

In Family Courts parents are often faced with paying crushing fees for court vendors (Guardians ad litem) and lawyers or face jail time. The Department of Justice has indicated that this practice must stop in all courts as it infringes … Continue reading

“Because my ex abused my son/ daughter, this stranger (GAL) is deemed a more capable parent than me”

Parents ‘prescribed’ court ordered anger management. Is it any wonder then why any parent when faced with a similar situation would feel anger towards a custody situation they find themselves in? Court vendors (Guardians ad litem, Parental Coordinators and other … Continue reading

Speak Out – 2015 Survey on the State of our Family Courts

As a consumer of Judicial Services rarely have you ever been given the opportunity to provide feedback to your Family Court system on how they are doing. There is no exit survey on the experience you just had. As a … Continue reading

It is High Time for Court Reform – Current Process Invites Problems

In his recent opinion piece, Portland attorney, Peter Murray, has written a thoughtful, serious analysis of troubling symptoms coming from Maine’s probate courts, along with a call for reform and his thoughts about how to do probate reform. In so … Continue reading