If you have ever had any dealings with the family court system in Maine, your opinion is being solicited.

Starting next month, a series of public hearings will be held throughout the state giving you a chance to sound off.

The goal of the family division of the Maine court system is to provide a system of justice that is responsive to the needs of families and the support of their children.

Starting next month, the Family Division Task Force will hold public hearings throughout the State, as listed below, to gather public comments and suggestions for the review of family matter cases and to recommend any changes that will better serve the needs of children and families.

Public comments may be limited in duration and should not reference specific cases and comments can be made by writing or emailing as well.

Public hearings will run from 4:15 until 6pm at the following locations:

January 6, 2014 (Presque Isle District Court)

January 7, 2014 (Calais District Court)

January 8, 2014 (Bangor District Court)

January 9, 2014 (Rockland District Court)

January 13, 2014 (Lewiston District Court)

January 14, 2014 (Portland District Court)

January 15, 2014 (Springvale District Court)

January 16, 2014 (Augusta District Court)

For more information you can log on to www.courts.maine.gov