Maine Court Records

Maine court records

Maine became a state in 1820 when the territory separated from Massachusetts. This is when the legislature provided for a Supreme Court and its jurisdiction as well as libraries to catalog Maine court records. Many court records can be found in the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, as well as online through the judicial branch.

Civil and criminal court records, divorce records, adoption and child custody records are all available through the Maine court system. Court forms and rules, instructions on how to represent yourself in court and even recent legislation is also viewable online. The state prides itself on its vast volumes of historical court records, case history, Supreme Court decisions and oral arguments in its archives.

Maine’s Supreme Court is the court of last resort, hearing all appeals from lower trial courts and determining questions of constitutionality in decisions from other courts and sentences. These decisions are frequently used by attorneys and even members of the public when arguing their case in court.

History of Maine Court Records

The Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library was created by the legislature and serves the government, legal community and public. Money was appropriated to purchase books for the library in 1826, when it was still part of the Maine State Library. In 1971 it became the Law and Legislative Reference Library and moved to the State House, where the State Library once was located.

Maine Court Records Availability

There are more than 111,000 volumes of Maine court records available at the Law and Legislative Reference Library, with most of them accessible via the Internet. It is physically located in Augusta. Government documents, treatises, and legal books are among the library’s collection.

Other Maine court records available include federal laws and regulations, government documents, Supreme Court decisions, Maine statutes and legislative information, law reviews and legal journals. Civil and criminal records are also available from the Maine Judicial Branch, and this is where court forms can be accessed as well as court rules. Court fees can also be paid online, as well as traffic tickets.

Main Court Information

The Maine Supreme Court was established in 1820. Seven justices now serve the court in seven-year terms. These terms are renewable, however. There were originally three justices who served life terms. The terms were reduced to seven years in 1840, and in 1847 the number of justices was increased to four. There have been seven justices serving the court since 1852, but this was increased to eight justices in 1855 before being changed back to seven in 1856 and again in 1975 permanently. Between those years, there were various numbers of justices serving the court. The court is now housed in Portand, and serves as the high court in the state.

Caseload Statistics

Maine’s Supreme Court averages several hundred cases per year. In 2007, there were 774 filings. In 2014, there were 607.

Maine Court Structure

Maine Court Statistics

Maine Courts receive 211,515 filings per year. In 2012, the court received 234,921 filings and gave 238,051 dispositions.

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Maine at year end of 2016 has decreased by 39.0% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 21,583 with a rate of 1,624 cases per 100000 population, lower than it’s in 2016.

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Maine

More Domestic Relations Cases than Maine:
State: Caseload:
New York570,709
Pennsylvania342,163
Texas397,468
California388,903
Virginia342,040
Less Domestic Relations Cases than Maine:
State: Caseload:
Vermont12,170
Alaska12,562
Rhode Island9,335
North Dakota13,134
District of Columbia12,715

Maine Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Maine counts 46,957 with 6,606 felony cases and 40,224 misdemeanors accordingly.

Small Claims Caseloads & Rates

Caseload: Per 100K Population: Percent of Total Caseload: Max Limit in $:
7,045 529 26.0% $6,000

Maine Court Locations

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

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DISCLAIMER: The Maine court records information accessible herein is derived from unofficial, publicly-available sources, does not constitute the official court records of any case, may not be up-to-date, complete, or accurate, and should not be relied upon by any person or entity for any purpose. This site is a third-party commercial entity that is neither authorized by nor affiliated with the Maine Judiciary or the Maine Administrative Office of State Courts in any way. The Maine Judiciary and the Maine Administrative Office of State Courts have not endorsed, warranted, or otherwise validated any of Maine court records information available on this site.