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This report summarizes the findings from the 2017 Maine Court Access and Fairness Survey, which asked survey participants to respond to a series of court “access” and “fairness” questions. The survey was conducted in March 2017 by the Maine Statistical Analysis Center and was completed by 1,039 participants, all of whom were visitors to various courthouses across the State of Maine. The survey results summarized in this report are part of ongoing efforts by the Maine Judicial Branch (MJB) to be responsive to the government and the public. Findings from this research were positive, reflecting court users’ belief that courts are both accessible and fair. The majority of court users agreed or strongly agreed with survey statements affirming that courts are accessible (83%) and likewise agreed or strongly agreed with statements affirming that they are fair (78%).


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The Law Enforcement Data Use Survey and Report were conducted under the auspices of the State Justice Statistics Program, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), Department of Justice (DOJ).

Funding for this initiative was provided by the BJS grant 2016–BJ–CX–K006.



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