§4653. Commencement of proceedings
1. Filing. A person who has been a victim of harassment, including a business, may seek relief by filing in an appropriate court:
A. A sworn complaint alleging harassment; and [2011, c. 559, Pt. C, §3 (NEW).]
B. If the alleged harassment does not meet the definition in section 4651, subsection 2, paragraph C or is not related to an allegation of domestic violence, violence against a dating partner, sexual assault or stalking, a copy of a notice to stop harassing the plaintiff issued to the defendant pursuant to Title 17-A, section 506-A, subsection 1, paragraph A, subparagraph (1), division (a) or a statement of good cause why such a notice was not sought or obtained. [2011, c. 559, Pt. C, §3 (NEW).]
[ 2011, c. 559, Pt. C, §3 (AMD) .]
2. Assistance. The court shall provide separate forms with a summons and clerical assistance to assist either party to proceed under this chapter in completing and filing a complaint or other necessary documents. This assistance may not include legal advice or assistance in drafting legal documents.
[ 2003, c. 658, §3 (AMD) .]
3. Fees. No fee may be charged for forms. A plaintiff may apply for the right to proceed in forma pauperis.
[ 1989, c. 371, §1 (AMD) .]
1987, c. 515, §1 (NEW). 1987, c. 708, §3 (AMD). 1989, c. 371, §1 (AMD). 1993, c. 199, §2 (AMD). 1995, c. 265, §3 (AMD). 1995, c. 650, §3 (AMD). RR 2003, c. 2, §7 (COR). 2003, c. 658, §§2,3 (AMD). 2011, c. 559, Pt. C, §3 (AMD).