Welcome to the United States District Court for the District of Maine.
Our District is rich in history. The District of Maine was one of the original 13 federal district courts established by the Judiciary Act of 1789. President George Washington appointed the Court’s first judge, David Sewall, on September 26, 1789. You can learn more about our Court’s fascinating history by visiting the Court History page.
The District of Maine holds court in Bangor at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building and Courthouse and in Portland at the Edward T. Gignoux U.S. Courthouse. In both of these locations, the Clerk's Office strives to provide excellent service and timely information to the bar and the general public.
You can take advantage of the many educational opportunities for teachers, students, and other community groups in the District of Maine. Come to the courthouse for a field trip, take a tour, talk with court staff, or observe a trial. Invite the Court to your classroom. Staff members are happy to present information to your students about the federal court system, jury service, the Constitution, or civics. We will gladly work with teachers to offer learning opportunities that meet the Maine Department of Education's learning standards.
We appreciate the opportunity to engage with you.
Christa K. Berry, Clerk of Court