Filing Under a Pseudonym
The only potentially relevant reported Doe case from Maine concerns a challenge by Doe plaintiffs to the validity of publication of the invalidation of employee disciplinary actions. Does seek to halt publication. This implicates Maine’s mini-FOIA statute and confidentiality of public records. There is no discussion of the Doe pseudonym. An analogy could be drawn to the privacy interests of the plaintiffs in keeping their public records private. See Doe v. Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services, 699 A.2d 422 (Me. 1997).
Filing Requirements and & Availability of Court Records
ME. R. CIV. P. 10 (2010): Form of Pleadings
(a) Caption; Names of Parties. Every pleading shall contain a caption setting forth the name of the court, the county in the Superior Court, the location of the District Court, the title of the action, the docket number, and a designation as in Rule 7(a). In the complaint the title of the action shall include the names of all the parties, but in other pleadings it is sufficient to state the name of the first party on each side with an appropriate indication of other parties.
Maine Judicial Branch’s Supreme Court opinions are searchable at http://www.courts.state.me.us/court_info/opinions/supreme/index.shtml (back to 1997) and some Superior Court opinions and order are available at http://www.courts.state.me.us/court_info/opinions/superior/index.shtml or http://webapp.usm.maine.edu/SuperiorCourt/, which is searchable by name or text (last visited Apr. 20, 2010).