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How Does the Maine Superior Court Work?

Superior Courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction in Maine. These are the only courts where jury trials may hold. Maine Superior Courts hear nearly all types of civil and criminal cases that may be brought to trial except for family matters, civil violations, and juvenile cases. The court handles all:

  • Murder cases,
  • Class A, B, and C criminal cases,
  • Class D and E cases, where the defendant asks for a jury trial.

Unsatisfied litigants may appeal the Superior Court’s decisions to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The Superior Court may hold special sessions or two or more simultaneous court sessions in the same county, whenever the Superior Court’s Chief Justice determines that public convenience is required.

Generally, the court handles cases such as:

  • Post-conviction reviews;
  • Appeals from rulings of state and local administrative agencies, including the Department of Human Services and municipal zoning boards
  • Matters in which equitable relief is requested, such as an injunction;
  • Jury and jury-waived trials in civil cases, such as car accident lawsuits; and
  • Jury and jury-waived trials in adult criminal cases

Besides Aroostook County, which has two Superior Courts, there is one Superior Court in every Maine’s 16 counties. There are 17 justices in these courts, all with a statewide jurisdiction, which sometimes requires them to travel to different counties to hold court.

Maine Superior Court justices are nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the state Senate and are appointed to seven-year terms. Under Maine statutes, a Chief Justice is assigned to serve at the pleasure and under the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court’s supervision. The Chief Justice of the Superior Court is responsible for the operation of the court. The only qualification by law to serve on the Superior Court is to be “learned in the law.”

The Law Library of the University of Maine School of Law maintains an online database of the Superior Court’s decisions supplied by the Court Clerks from 2000 to present. To obtain a court record from Maine Superior Courts, complete a Request for Records Search form, and mail in a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Judicial Branch Service Center
PO Box 266
Lewiston, ME 0424


By FedEx or UPS to:
250 Goddard Road
Lewiston, ME 04240

Requests submitted using any other forms will be returned to the requestor. Requests are submitted in person or by mail to the Judicial Branch Service Center. Submissions by email or fax are not accepted. Note that there is a $20 fee attached per name, per box checked in the court location(s) section of the form, as a record search fee. Payment is required upon acceptance of the request; by a check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). Cash is accepted if the request is hand-delivered

The following categories of persons are exempted from paying the search fee:

  • Individuals requesting a record search on themselves;
  • In-State and Out-of-State Offices that perform a general governmental function, such as State District Attorney offices, Department of Health and Human Services, Executive Department Agencies, and Courts

Only non-confidential information is made available to requestors. If non-confidential records are found for the name(s) submitted, the docket number and status (pending or closed) are reported. Persons interested in additional details of a case may either purchase a copy of the docket record or other case documents or visit the court where the case was held to view the file. A docket record contains:

  • The names of the parties;
  • The type of case;
  • The charges (for criminal or civil violation matters);
  • Date of filing;
  • Attorney information; and
  • Judgment information;

There is a copy fee of $2 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. Attested (with the court seal) copies also cost $5 per document. A 2.39% convenience fee is charged on all credit card payments. A $5 postage and handling fee applies where necessary. Requestors are advised to include a credit or debit card number with requests to cover the copy fee and have the copies returned with the search results. Alternatively, requestors may request a quote for the copy fees, which will then be mailed to the specified address. Afterward, the quote is submitted along with the payment via email.

Typical processing time for the service center to provide the information requested are:

  • Five working days - 1–5 names
  • 30 working days - 6–10 names
  • 45 working days - 11–15 names
  • 60 working days - 16–20 names

The processing time for records, including 21 or more names, will be determined by the Clerk or the Senior Center Associate. Requests for records before 2000 also require additional processing time.

Requestors must provide the first and last names of the individuals for which a record is required. For criminal cases, the date of birth is required, and for searches on businesses, the company name is required. The Service Center conducts searches using the exact spelling of the information provided by the requestor. Note that aliases are considered a separate name and require an additional search fee. Due to the Service Center’s database not collecting a unique identifier (SSN, DOB, etc.) for each entry, the Judicial Branch cannot certify civil case search results. Therefore, the reported case information may not include a person different from the one being investigated, but for a person with the same name.

For more information on obtaining court records from Maine Superior Courts, call the Judicial Branch Service Center on (207) 753–2901 or send a mail to The locations of Maine Superior Courts are listed below:

Androscoggin County Superior Court
2 Turner Street
Auburn, ME 04210
Phone: (207) 330–7500

Aroostook County Superior Court - Caribou
144 Sweden Street
Caribou, ME 04736
Phone: (207) 498–8125

Aroostook County Superior Court - Houlton
26 Court Street
Houlton, ME 04730
Phone: (207) 532–6563

Cumberland County Superior Court - Portland
205 Newbury Street
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 822–4200

Franklin County Superior Court
Physical: 140 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938
Phone: (207) 778–3346

Hancock County Superior Court
50 State Street
#2, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone: (207) 667–7176

Kennebec County Superior Court
1 Court Street
#101, Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: (207) 213–2800

Knox County Superior Court
62 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Phone: (207) 594–2576

Lincoln County Superior Court
32 High Street
PO Box 249
Wiscasset, ME 04578
Phone: (207) 882–7517

Oxford County Superior Court
26 Western Avenue
PO Box 179
South Paris, ME 04281
Phone: (207) 743–8936

Penobscot County Superior Court
78 Exchange Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: (207) 561–2300

Piscataquis County Superior Court
159 E Main Street
#21, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
Phone: (207) 564–2240

Sagadahoc County Superior Court
752 High Street
Bath, ME 04530
Phone: (207) 442–0200

Somerset County Superior Court
41 Court Street
Skowhegan, ME 04976
Phone: (207) 474–5161

Waldo County Superior Court
137 Church Street
Belfast, ME 04915
Phone: (207) 338–1940

Washington County Superior Court
85 Court Street
PO Box 526
Machias, ME 04654
Phone: (207) 255–3326

York County Superior Court
45 Kennebunk Road
PO Box 160
Alfred, ME 04002
Phone: (207) 324–5122

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