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Pownalborough Courthouse, Dresden (2000)

The 1761 Pownalborough Courthouse was the first built in Maine and the only one built prior to the Revolution. It was part of the Massachusetts court system, from which Maine separated in 1820. For details of early court history in … Continue reading

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History of the Court System – Long Form

HISTORY OF The COURT SYSTEM OF THE STATE OF MAINE [1636-1961] David Q. Whittier, Esq. for the Maine State Archives, 1971* This is the long version, verbatim except for footnotes. A condensed version is also available. Maine court history can … Continue reading

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History of the Court System of the State of Maine: 1636-1961 – Condensed

Pownalborough Court House, 23 Courthouse Road, in Dresden (2005)

David Q. Whittier, Esq. for the Maine State Archives, 1971* Maine court history can be divided into four distinct periods:  Early Colonial, 1620-1677; Provincial, 1677-1780; District, 1780-1820; State, 1820-present. EARLY COLONIAL PERIOD The first court constituted by legal authority in … Continue reading

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