CIVIL DIVISION

The Civil Division is responsible for serving all civil process in Lincoln County. Divorce summonses, eviction paperwork, civil subpoenas and small claims paperwork are a few examples of the documents that we serve. The Civil Division staff is committed to serving civil process paperwork for the communities of Alna, Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Bremen, Bristol, Damariscotta, Dresden, Edgecomb, Jefferson, Monhegan Island, Newcastle, Nobleboro, Somerville, South Bristol, Southport, Waldoboro, Westport Island, Whitefield and Wiscasset.

Civil papers are served 7 days a week. Out of state requests and pro-service papers
require advanced payment.
(2013 Service Rate - effective June 2013
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Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Civil Administration – (207) 882-6576

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WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR SUCCESSFUL SERVICE OF PROCESS?

We will need an original and a copy of the paperwork that you want served. If you have already filed your complaint with the court, then we will need a copy of all of the documents to be served as well as the original summons. Successful service of process depends on the information that you provide.

Please fill in the Service Request Form and include  the following: Your name, address and phone number (daytime and evening). We understand that you may not have all of the following information on the party to be served, so please provide whatever information that you can.

Defendants with rural route or post office box service addresses:
We cannot serve defendants at rural route addresses or post office boxes. If you are unable to provide a street address we can request a postal inquiry from the postal service. You may request that we try this method of acquiring a street address, but you need to request this in your cover letter. There is an additional fee of $10.00 for this process.

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TERRITORIES SERVED

Deputy William Bragg
Barter’s Island, Bremen, Bristol, Chamberlain, East Boothbay,  Monhegan Island, New Harbor, Nobleboro, Pemaquid, Pemaquid Harbor, Pemaquid Point, Round Pond,  Sawyer’s Island,  South Bristol, Trevett, Waldoboro, Walpole

Deputy Stephen House
Alna, Dresden, Westport Island, Wiscasset

Deputy Michael Richardson
Damariscotta, Newcastle, Jefferson, Somerville, Whitefield

Deputy David Pratt
Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Edgecomb, Southport

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SERVICE DATES

7 Day Notice to Quit can be served anytime as long as defendant is more than 7 days late on his/her rent, can be posted on the 3rd good faith attempt.

30 Day Notice to Quit – has to be served on/before rent due date, and run 30 days from that date, can be posted on the 3rd good faith attempt.

Contempt Subpoena and Motion for Contempt – 10 days before hearing. (one service fee as they need to be served together).  IN HAND.

Disclosure Subpoena – 10 days before hearing. (Can be served to individual of suitable age & discretion).

Forcible Entry & Detainer – 7 days before hearing.

Guardianship –
14 days before hearing.

Motion 7 days before hearing.

Orderat sender’s request.  COULD BE IN HAND, DEPENDING ON ORDER.

Statement of Claim (small claims) – 7 days before hearing.

Summons and Complaints – within 60 days after filing or whatever is requested by the Attorneys as there might be a statute of limitation.

Witness Subpoena for Trial, Records or Deposition
check date on subpoena, give proper notice for Records and Deposition. IN HAND

Writ of Execution – ASAP, this is normally used to remove money from bank accounts.

Writ of PossessionASAP, if it is used for an eviction, it gives the tenant 48 hours to move out or they can be arrested for criminal trespassing.  Can be posted after 3 good faith attempts on 3 separate days.  IN HAND IF PERSONAL PROPERTY.

Writ of ReplevinASAP, used to recover property.  IN HAND.

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COMMON REASONS FOR SERVICE REQUESTS TO BE RETURNED

We sometimes return your legal documents for the reason(s) listed below. Once corrected, please feel free to return them for service.

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SERVICE RATES

Effective January 1st, 2014
Pre-payment is required for all services. In-state service requests will be a $60 fee and out-of-state service requests will be a $75 fee.
Should the cost of service exceed the pre-payment amount you will be invoiced accordingly. Any refunds over $5 will be returned promptly.

Questions about Civil process and/or fees may be directed to (207)-882-6576

Service $ 16.00
State of Maine / Indigent / DHHS Service $   8.00
Diligent or New Address Search $ 10.00
Civil Order of Arrest $ 25.00 plus mileage
Postal Inquiry $ 10.00
Expedited $ 20.00
Mail Notice $   4.00
Pick-Up $ 10.00
Writ of Execution 2% + $ 3.00
Affidavit with Notary $ 18.00
Notary Only $   8.00
Additional Hourly Labor $ 50.00 / hour
Personal Information $   5.00
Fax $   4.00
Copies $   1.00 / page
Mileage $  0.56 per mile (current IRS rate)
OUT-OF-STATE SERVICES
Out-of-State Service Fee (only if out-of-state court) $ 30.00
Out-of-State Service w/Notary $ 48.00 plus mileage
Out-of-State Diligent Search $ 20.00
Out-of-State Expedited $ 30.00

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Last updated: 29-April-201
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