Q: Can I request a mediator in my eviction case at any time?
Not at any time, no. Depending on what stage of the process your eviction case is at, your right to request a mediator may no longer be available. For more information, please go to this link: http://www.courts.maine.gov/maine_courts/district/evictions.html
Mediation is also available in eviction actions, which are called Forcible Entry and Detainer cases. A mediator may be at the courthouse when parties come to court on the day of the hearing, or mediation can be requested in advance. If you would like to request mediation, please contact the Clerk of Court to determine if a mediator will be present or can be arranged on the hearing date. Mediation will take place at the courthouse.
To find out more about mediation in eviction actions, see the brochure, Forcible Entry and Detainer (Eviction) Mediation (PDF) (http://www.courts.maine.gov/maine_courts/adr/FED%20Brochure%20Revised%202010.pdf) . Note: This document requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print.
A: Without knowing more about this matter, you probably can request a mediation (many courts now offer mediation as a choice), but it will have to be set up by a mediator, and the Court usually picks the mediator. I assume you are in civil court, as I don't think small claims court offers a mediation. If their is a case no. assigned to your case, look up your case on the internet and find the Superior Court of the County you are in. Then, find the option that allows you to access your case, and pull it up. The papers in Superior Court usually have all of he documents in the Clerk's File. If you don't have a case no., you will not find your file. Your case number should be filed on the first page of documents that you received.
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