Maine Court Records Search

What is Included in Maine Public Court Records

Criminal Court Cases

Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence, Parole Violation, Probation Violation, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder, Drug Offenses, And More...

Civil Court Cases

Bankruptcies, Legal Judgments, Lawsuits, Tax & Property Liens, Contract Disputes, Probates, Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, And More...

Traffic Court Cases

Driving Under Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Tickets, Traffic Citations, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, License Suspensions, Criminal Driving Violations, Accidents, And More...

Maine Court Record Lookup

An official Maine ME court records or court document can be important to have for a variety of reasons: to enforce child custody, to collect a court-ordered fee, to enact an eviction, or to prove a period of probation has been served. Records can be obtained by performing a Maine court records search, within certain limits.

Limited Jurisdiction Courts

Probate courts in Maine are administered by county government officials, not by the state judiciary, yet they have the same responsibilities of deciding guardianships and dividing property among heirs.

Disputes between businesses and consumers are decided in a special Business and Consumer Division of district courts. This statewide docket is aimed at keeping costs of litigation low and expediting the legal process.

Traffic court is another limited jurisdiction entity within the state judiciary. In a recent year, there were over 86,000 cases filed in that venue.

District Courts

Non-jury trials administer justice through district courts in 31 locations across the state. These courts handle misdemeanors, traffic issues, and civil disputes, cases can be viewed via Maine court case lookup. Within district courts are family courts run by magistrates that have jurisdiction over custody, divorce, child support, and neglect cases. Another division of district court is drug court, aimed at keeping nonviolent offenders out of the mainstream legal system. Juvenile cases heard in district court are closed-door sessions.

Getting copies of district court records is a matter of finding the right court. Documents pertaining to juvenile cases and those that name victims of certain crimes are likely to be restricted or unavailable due to confidentiality laws.

In a recent year there were 47,857 cases filed in district courts and nearly 4,000 filed in superior courts.

Superior Court

Jury trials are held in Maine’s 16 superior courts, which are located in each county. Criminal trials, civil lawsuits, and appeals of state administrative agency decisions are heard in mentioned Maine courthouses.

Appellate Court

Maine is one of only 11 states without an intermediate appellate court, so all appeals from lower courts are considered by the Supreme Judicial Court at the top of the state judiciary. This court also issues advisory opinions to the governor’s office or state legislature on the constitutionality of state laws. These Maine court records online can be obtained via performing Maine court record lookup.

Federal Court

There is at least one federal court in each state that handles bankruptcy requests, class action lawsuits, violations of federal law, and lawsuits that cross state lines. 

Maine Notable Court Cases

In 2013 a case appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court involved neighbors who invited a boy to stay overnight at their house, then were sued by the boy's mother when he left the house and was hit by a car. The mother claimed that the couple was responsible for her son's injuries because they had been supervising him overnight and he hadn't gotten enough sleep to make a good decision or exercise ample caution about staying away from traffic the next morning. The court decided that adults can't be held responsible for the amount of sleep a child gets at a "'sleepover" at someone else's house, but did rebuke the neighbors for their actions leading up to the event, which included lying to the mother about whose house her son was sleeping at.

A Maine man convicted of armed robbery is appealing his case to the U.S. Supreme Court because, he says, he was forced to represent himself in his trial. He claims that representing himself was a violation of his Constitutional rights. His case was rescheduled several times as attorneys appointed to represent him withdrew again and again after he allegedly threatened them. He was convicted in May 2014 while accompanied by "'standby counsel." His current attorney argues that one's right to counsel and representation must be clearly waived and cannot be withheld due to a defendant's bad behavior.

Maine Civil Case Statistics

Civil Caseload
Civil Caseload 27,028
Caseloads per 100.000 Population
Caseloads per 100.000 Population 2,030
Clearance Rate
Clearance Rate 107%
Small Claims Caseload
Small Claims Caseload 7,045

Civil Caseloads for Maine, the sum of all civil cases reported by the state, account for 41,390 total cases at the year end of 2016, which makes it 2,030 cases per 100.000 population.

The clearance rate for the state is about 107% which makes up by dividing the outgoing to incoming civil cases and expressing the result in a percentage.

State Small Claims & Rates Timeline

Year: Small Claims Max. Limit Small Claims Caseload per 100.000 Population Percent of Total Civil Caseload
2012$600012,85496731%
2013$600010,48378929%
2014$60009,60272229%
2015$600011,45186138%
2016$60007,04552926%

The caseload for small claims has decreased since 2012, going from 12,854 cases a year to 7,045 of 2016. The maximum limit of small claim charges has stayed the same at $6,000 in 2016 compared to the $6,000 that was registered 5 years ago.

Accordingly the small claims rate has decreased- 529 cases per 100 000 population compared to the 967 of 2012. The total percentage of civil caseloads accounts 14.9% for the state of Maine for 2016.

Criminal Caseloads by Type

Criminal Caseloads for Maine sum in 46,957 cases at the year end of 2016 which has a share of 86% of misdemeanor and 14% of felony charges. Total criminal cases have decreased in Maine compared to the criminal caseload of 2012 - 57,290 cases.

The Proportion of Felony and Misdemeanor Caseloads

Criminal Caseloads Timeline

Domestic Relations Caseloads & Clearance Rates

The state’s domestic relations caseload has counted 13,161 cases which is 988 court cases per 100.000 population. It has decreased since 2012, the difference in caseloads is 8,422 for the last 5 years, being 21,583 in 2012.

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year’s DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMonday, January 15, 2018
Presidents DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Patriot’s DayMonday, April 16, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence Day Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor Day Monday, September 3, 2018
Columbus DayMonday, October 8, 2018
Veterans’ DayMonday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Thanksgiving Friday Friday, November 23, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018