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The Courts of Maine

The trial courts serve the citizens of Maine at seventeen Superior Courts and thirty-one District Courts throughout the state. Seventeen Superior Court justices and thirty-six District Court judges hear civil, criminal, family, juvenile, and domestic violence disputes.

On a daily basis, the judges, family law magistrates, clerks and support staff of the trial courts work to accomplish the mission of the Judicial Branch: to administer justice by providing a safe, accessible, efficient and impartial system of dispute resolution that serves the public interest, protects individual rights, and instills respect for the law.

FY'10 Case Filings

Time to Resolution of Cases

Coordinated regional scheduling, implemented in the trial courts in 2004, has greatly reduced the time it takes to dispose of the most urgent cases – those dealing with violence, children, and families. For example, as illustrated by this graph, the average age of pending family cases has decreased significantly, from 223 days in 2006 to 147 days in 2010. Data provided in this graph illustrates the average number of days from filing date, for all cases that are open on June 30 each year.