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The Guide to Maine Court Records

Overview of Maine Courts

The Maine trial court system consists of Superior Courts, District Courts, Probate Courts, and Judicial Branch Violations Bureau.
 
Trial Courts in Maine are either state courts or county courts. Superior Courts and District Courts are considered state courts, and Probate Courts are county courts. Superior Courts have general jurisdiction over all cases, but usually only handle cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of other courts. District Courts and Probate Courts have limited jurisdiction over certain types of cases.

Please select a Maine county below to view directory of all courts with links to court record resources for each court.
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Maine Superior Courts
Superior Courts have general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, but generally only handle cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of other courts.

Superior Courts are the only courts that offer jury trials. If a proper request is made in a case with a right to a jury, the case will be transferred to a Superior Court.

Cases generally heard by Superior Courts include most felony criminal cases, appeals of administrative agency decisions, and cases requesting equitable relief.
Maine District Courts
District Courts have limited jurisdiction over certain types of civil and criminal cases.

Criminal cases heard by District Courts include ordinance violations and most offenses punishable by less than a year of incarceration. District Courts also handle guilty pleas and non-jury trials for most criminal cases.

Civil cases heard by District Courts include most general civil claims for money damages, enforcement of liens, most landlord-tenant disputes, most domestic relations cases, most mental health commitments, most environmental law cases, civil ordinance violations and certain cases requesting equitable relief.

Each District Court has several divisions, including a Family Division, Juvenile Court, Small Claims Court and Traffic Division.

Family Divisions have jurisdiction over cases that involve families with children. Cases handled by the Family division include divorce, annulment, separation, custody, paternity, child support, grandparent visitation, emancipation of minors, protective custody, Protection From Abuse, and some cases arising from the Maine Juvenile Code. If a District Court judge is unavailable to hear a request for a temporary Protection From Abuse Order, a Superior Court judge can rule on the request.

Juvenile Court divisions have jurisdiction over criminal cases with juvenile defendants. Under certain circumstances, a Juvenile Court may transfer a case to Superior Court. Juvenile Court divisions share jurisdiction with District Courts over emancipation cases.

Small Claims Court divisions have jurisdiction over most cases with less than $4500 in dispute, exclusive of interest and costs. Small Claims Courts have limited authority to grant equitable relief, but may order a party to return, reform, refund, repair or rescind. Small Claims Court divisions are prohibited from hearing cases with disputes over title to real estate.

Cases that contest traffic infractions are heard by Traffic divisions in District Courts. The Maine Judicial Branch Violations Bureau is a centralized system designed to handle traffic infractions for the entire state, and is considered part of the District Court.

District Courts may have specialized divisions for certain types of cases, including Adult Drug Court, Family Treatment Drug Court, Juvenile Drug Court and/or Mental Health Treatment Court.
Maine Probate Courts
Probate Courts have general jurisdiction over the probate of wills, the administration of estates, name change petitions, guardianship proceedings, adoption cases, and other types of probate cases.

Probate Courts share equitable jurisdiction with Superior Courts for certain types of cases involving estates, wills or trusts.
Maine Judicial Branch Violations Bureau
The Maine Judicial Branch Violations Bureau is a centralized system designed to handle traffic infractions for the entire state, and is considered part of the District Court. Cases that contest traffic infractions are heard by District Courts.
Maine Court Notes
The Business and Consumer Court is a specialized statewide court division for certain types of business and consumer cases. Cases handled by this division include jury and non-jury civil claims, as well as some family cases that do not involve children. All cases heard by the Business and Consumer Court division are transferred from other courts - this division does not accept the first filing in any case.

The Business and Consumer Court Clerk’s Office
Phone: 207-442-0226 Fax: 207-442-0228

Where to find court cases in Maine
The chart below gives general information on the types of cases heard in each type of court in Maine.
 
Most Cases = Most or all cases.     Some Cases = Some cases.

Case Type Court Type
Civil Superior Courts District Courts Probate Courts
General Civil - Unlimited
Most or all General Civil - Unlimited cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Some General Civil - Unlimited cases can be found in the District Courts
 
General Civil - Limited
Some General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Some General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Small Claims
 
Most or all Small Claims cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Civil Equity
Most or all Civil Equity cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Some Civil Equity cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Civil Equity cases can be found in the Probate Courts
Complex Commercial
Most or all Complex Commercial cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
 
Foreclosures and Liens
Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Most or all Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Real Estate Title and Boundary
Some Real Estate Title and Boundary cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Some Real Estate Title and Boundary cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Real Estate Title and Boundary cases can be found in the Probate Courts
Landlord / Tenant
Some Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Most or all Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Ordinance Violations
 
Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders
Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Administrative Agency Appeals
Some Administrative Agency Appeals cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Some Administrative Agency Appeals cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Criminal Superior Courts District Courts Probate Courts
Felony
Most or all Felony cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Some Felony cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Felony Preliminary Hearings
Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Misdemeanors
Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Most or all Misdemeanors cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Ordinance Violations
 
Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Juvenile
Some Juvenile cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Most or all Juvenile cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Traffic and Infractions
 
Most or all Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Domestic Relations Superior Courts District Courts Probate Courts
Divorce
 
Most or all Divorce cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Child Custody and Visitation
 
Most or all Child Custody and Visitation cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Child Support
 
Most or all Child Support cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Paternity
 
Most or all Paternity cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Domestic Violence Protection Order
Some Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Most or all Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Juvenile Superior Courts District Courts Probate Courts
Adoptions
 
 
Most or all Adoptions cases can be found in the Probate Courts
Juvenile Delinquency
 
Most or all Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Child Abuse and Neglect
 
Most or all Child Abuse and Neglect cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Termination of Parental Rights
 
Most or all Termination of Parental Rights cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Children in Need of Supervision
 
Most or all Children in Need of Supervision cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Mental Health Superior Courts District Courts Probate Courts
Involuntary Commitments
 
Most or all Involuntary Commitments cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Other Mental Health Cases
 
Most or all Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the Probate Courts
Probate Superior Courts District Courts Probate Courts
Wills & Estates
Some Wills & Estates cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Most or all Wills & Estates cases can be found in the Probate Courts
Name Changes
 
 
Most or all Name Changes cases can be found in the Probate Courts
Trusts
Some Trusts cases can be found in the Superior Courts
 
Most or all Trusts cases can be found in the Probate Courts
Guardianships and Conservatorships
Some Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Some Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the Probate Courts

Note: Some courts in Maine are not included in the chart above. Please use the following links for descriptions and types of cases heard:
 
  Judicial Branch Violations Bureau

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