District Court

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Town Address Phone # TTY-only #
Augusta 145 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330 (207) 287-8075 (207) 287-4024
Bangor 78 Exchange Street, Bangor, ME 04401 (207) 561-2300 (207) 941-3000
Belfast 103 Church Street, Belfast, ME 04915 (207) 338-3107 (207) 338-0893
Biddeford 25 Adams Street, Biddeford, ME 04005 (207) 283-1147 (207) 284-2977
Bridgton 3 Chase Street, Suite 2, Bridgton, ME 04009 (207) 647-3535 (207) 647-3557
Calais 382 South Street, Suite B, Calais, ME 04619 (207) 454-2055 (207) 454-0085
Caribou 144 Sweden Street, Suite 104, Caribou, ME 04736 (207) 493-3144 (207) 498-2127
Dover-Foxcroft 159 East Main Street, Suite 21, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426 (207) 564-2240 (207) 564-0767
Ellsworth 50 State Street, Suite 2, Ellsworth, ME 04605 (207) 667-7141 (207) 664-7507
Farmington 129 Main Street, Suite 1, Farmington, ME 04938 (207) 778-2119 (207) 778-8273
Fort Kent 139 Market Street, Suite 101, Fort Kent, ME 04743 (207) 834-5003 (207) 834-5850
Houlton 26 Court Street, Suite 201, Houlton, ME 04730 (207) 532-2147 (207) 532-7218
Lewiston Mailing: P.O. Box 1345, Lewiston, ME 04240-1345
Physical: 71 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME 04240
(207) 795-4800 (207) 783-5457
Lincoln 52 Main Street, Lincoln, ME 04457 (207) 794-8512 (207) 794-3390
Machias Mailing: P.O. Box 526, Machias, ME 04654-0526
Physica
l: 85 Court Street, Machias, ME 04654
(207) 255-3044 (207) 255-0501
Madawaska Mailing: 139 Market Street, Suite 101, Fort Kent, ME 04743
Physica
l: 645 Main Street, Madawaska, ME 04756
(207) 728-4700 (207) 728-7142
Millinocket Mailing: 52 Main Street, Lincoln, ME 04457
Physica
l: 207 Penobscot Avenue, Millinocket, ME 04462
(207) 723-4786 (207) 723-4933
Newport 12 Water Street, Newport, ME 04953 (207) 368-5778 (207) 368-4881
Portland Mailing: P.O. Box 412, Portland, ME 04112-0412
Physical: 205 Newbury Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 822-4200 (207) 822-4262
Presque Isle Mailing: P.O. Box 794, Presque Isle, ME 04769-0794
Physical:27 Riverside Drive, Presque Isle, ME 04769
(207) 764-2055 207) 764-2059
Rockland 62 Union Street, Rockland, ME 04841 (207) 596-2240 (207) 596-2244
Rumford 145 Congress Street, Rumford, ME 04276 (207) 364-7171 (207) 364-3312
Skowhegan 47 Court Street, Skowhegan, ME 04976 (207) 474-9518 (207) 858-0622
South Paris 26 Western Avenue, South Paris, ME 04281 (207) 743-8942 (207) 743-9624
Springvale 447 Main Street, Springvale, ME 04083 (207) 459-1400 (207) 324-9596
Waterville 18 Colby Street, Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-2103 (207) 873-3207
West Bath 101 New Meadows Road, West Bath, ME 04530 (207) 442-0200 (207) 442-0219
Wiscasset Mailing: P.O. Box 249, Wiscasset, ME 04578-0249
Physical: 32 High Street, Wiscasset, ME 04578
(207) 882-6363 (207) 882-1260
York 11 Chases Pond Road, York, ME 03909 (207) 363-1230 (207) 363-8740

The District Court system was created by the Legislature in 1961. The District Court has 36 judges who hold court in 13 districts at many locations throughout Maine. This court hears civil, criminal and family matters and always sits without a jury. Civil suits claiming monetary damages, domestic relations cases (divorces, separations, custody, and property disputes), and involuntary commitments are examples of civil cases. There is also established within the District Court a Family Division that has jurisdiction over family matters in the District Court. There are 8 Family Law Magistrates who work in the Family Division.

A plaintiff who has a right to trial by jury in a civil action waives the right by bringing the action in District Court; a defendant with a right to a civil jury may remove the action to a Superior Court for jury trial.

The court also tries cases involving civil violations and Class D and E criminal offenses when the defendant waives the right to a jury trial. In addition, the court hears all juvenile matters and traffic infraction cases.

Most decisions of the District Court may be appealed directly to the Supreme Judicial Court, except for small claims and forcible entry and detainer cases.

In Maine, the small claims court is a special session of the District Court held in each district on certain days determined by the Chief Judge of the District Court. In small claims court, the procedure is simplified, hearings are informal, and parties generally appear without attorneys. Small claims proceedings are appropriate only when the amount in controversy, not including interest and costs, is not more than $6,000. Appeals from small claims judgments may be taken to the Superior Court. A defendant who appeals, and who has a right to a jury trial, may have a trial de novo (a complete retrial) before a Superior Court jury.