Maine in the United States

Legal Materials

Internet links to government agencies statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted byFindLaw and Washlaw. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis, Westlawand LOIS. Subscription services Versuslaw and Fastcase have cases back to 1950;Google Scholar has cases back to 1950 for free. Supreme and appellate court cases are published in West’s Atlantic Reporter.

You can check the status of a pending bill through the Michigan Legislature’s bill search. For questions about pending bills, call the Legislative Information Office at 207-287-1692. You can track the progress of a bill on Lexis or Westlaw (ME-BILLTRK). You can also get the full text of bills from Lexis or Westlaw (ME-BILLTXT or just ME-BILLS, which has both the bills and the tracking record).

West publishes Maine Civil Practice, and Towers Publishing puts out William Wells’Maine Legal Research Guide.

For questions about Maine legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, try calling the Maine State Law & Legislative Reference Library (207-287-1600) or the University of Maine Law Library (207-780-4829).

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Topics Covered by the Maine Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Maine jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Maine statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • Maine Statutes
  • ME Cases & Case Law
  • Maine Legal Websites
  • ME State Government Info
  • Maine Counties
  • Maine Cities
  • Maine Legislation
  • ME Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Maine Legal Forms
  • Maine Courts
  • ME State Bar/Legal Associations
  • Maine Law Enforcement
  • Maine Media Sources


See Also

Maine: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Maine. This part provides references, in relation to Maine, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Maine by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Maine and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Maine or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Maine and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Maine. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Maine should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Maine when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

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