Tips about going to court and information about juvenile justice

Games to Prepare for Court: RePresent and RePresent Renter

Going to court without a lawyer? If you're going to court without a lawyer, you can practice representing yourself by playing RePresent. You’ll learn how to prepare for court, what happens in court on the day of your hearing, and how to present evidence and cross-examine the other person in your case. On mobile? Get the RePresent app here:

Juvenile Court Adjudications and Collateral Consequences

What is a juvenile adjudication? Juveniles in Maine are people under 18 years old. If someone is accused of committing a criminal act when they were a juvenile, the case is heard in juvenile court.  If the juvenile admits the charge or if, after a hearing, the Court finds the juvenile committed the act, the juvenile is "adjudicated." Maine law is clear that a juvenile “adjudication” is not a conviction.

What Should I Expect in Court?

What is most important to know about going to court in Maine? If you are going to court, it is for a legal matter. You need to take court very seriously. First impressions mean a lot. It is unlikely the judge will know anything about you before you go to court. The judge’s first impression of you is very important.  What you wear, what you say, and how you act all are things that impact the judge's first impression of you. Things to remember: