Part III: Visiting the Courts

You are welcome to visit any of Maine's courts (see directory).
Schedules of cases to be heard and the times that the court will be in session are available from the clerk's office at each court.

The Maine District Court is divided into 13 districts and sits at many locations throughout the state, and the Superior Court sits in each of Maine's sixteen county seats. Although the clerks' offices usually open at 8:00 a.m., the proceedings in the courts generally take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors are always welcome, but large groups should notify the clerk of the court prior to arrival. The clerk, bailiff, or court officer is usually available to explain the type of proceeding being heard.

In some courts, the clerk can arrange tours of the building. Occasionally, a judge may be available to speak to groups. Visitors are also welcome to observe oral arguments before the Supreme Judicial Court, which holds regular sessions in Portland and also sits in Bangor and other locations from time to time.

For More Information

Use the Find a Court feature on this website to locate addresses and other contact information for individual courts.

Previous Page | Back to Start