State offices closed today, Tuesday

Posted April 18, 2010, at 7:03 p.m.

State offices in Maine will be closed today in observance of Patriot’s Day and on Tuesday for a scheduled shutdown day.

In addition, elementary, middle and high schools around the state will be closed this week for April vacation.

Courts also will be closed today but will reopen Tuesday.

Civil matters will be scheduled and clerks will be available to provide information and collect fines.

Most criminal matters or cases that require the presence of a state employee will not be scheduled.

According to information on the Maine judiciary’s website, the courts will handle these matters on shutdown days:

— Emergency petitions presented by a state agency such as a request for a preliminary protection order or an emergency involuntary admission request.

— Cases in which urgent constitutional rights are affected, including in-custody arraignments and juvenile detention hearings.

— Any kind of case that does not involve a district attorney, an assistant attorney general or other state workers subject to the state shutdown.