Guide to Small Claims Proceedings in the District Court - Transfer to Another Court

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If the debtor resides in a division other than the one in which the case was filed, the case will be transferred to the division where the debtor resides if you request a civil order of arrest. For example, if the small claims judgment was issued in the Portland court and the debtor failed to appear for the disclosure hearing and the debtor resides in Biddeford, the case will be transferred to Biddeford if the creditor wants a civil order of arrest. This is because a sheriff in Portland has no authority to arrest someone in Biddeford. This means that when the debtor is arrested in Biddeford, the sheriff will take the debtor to the Biddeford court and the creditor must go to the Biddeford court.

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