Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization


  • Oversight

    Partial oversight

Maine provides counsel to indigent youth through a locally-based system. Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's Maine state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

Right to counsel can be waived if the juvenile has been informed of his or her right to counsel and knowingly fails to request counsel.

  • Restrictions on waivers
  • No restrictions
  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.
  • Age

    No restrictions

  • Crime

    No restrictions

  • Hearing

    No restrictions

  • Placement

    No restrictions

Timing of counsel, 2013

In Maine, an attorney for a juvenile can be appointed at the following points in the process: Once a Petition is Filed / Hearing on the Petition; Loss of Freedom / Institutionalization / Commitment / Imprisonment; All Stages of Proceedings / All Critical States of Proceedings.

  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.

Indigency requirements, 2013

Indigency determination: Judicially

Maine indigency law is governed by both juvenile and adult statutes, which provide for a determination of indigency. Maine law also requires, by statute, special juvenile law education / training / experience/ program for appointed juvenile counsel. Indigency is judicially determined.

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