The Superior Court shall have jurisdiction to grant appropriate equitable relief in the following cases:

1. Foreclosure of mortgages.  For the foreclosure of mortgages of real and personal property and for redemption of estates mortgaged.

Terms Used In Maine Revised Statutes Title 14 Sec. 6051

  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.
2. Forfeitures.  For relief from forfeiture of penalties to the State, from forfeitures in civil contracts and obligations and in recognizances in criminal cases.

3. Specific performance of written contracts.  To compel the specific performance of written contracts and to cancel and compel the discharge of written contracts, whether under seal or otherwise, when full performance or payment has been made to the contracting party.

4. Fraud, trust, accident or mistake.  For relief in cases of fraud, trust, accident or mistake.

5. Nuisance and waste.  In cases of nuisance and waste.

6. Trustees of railroads applying receipts.  In cases arising out of the law providing for the application of receipts and expenditures of railroads by trustees in possession under mortgage.

7. Partnerships.  In cases of partnership, and between partners or part owners of vessels and of other real and personal property to adjust all matters of the partnership and between such part owners, compel contribution, make final decrees and enforce their decrees by proper process in cases where all interested persons within the jurisdiction of the court are made parties.

8. Actions of interpleader.  Of actions of interpleader notwithstanding the plaintiff is a common carrier and as such has a lien for carriage or storage upon the property which is described in the complaint. No plaintiff in interpleader shall be denied relief by reason of any interest in the fund or other subject matter in dispute.

9. Property matters between husband and wife. 
[ 1999, c. 731, Pt. ZZZ, §42 (AFF); 1999, c. 731, Pt. ZZZ, §8 (RP) .]

10. Wills.  To determine the construction of wills and whether an executor, not expressly appointed a trustee, becomes such from the provisions of a will; and in cases of doubt, the mode of executing a trust and the expediency of making changes and investments of property held in trust.

11. Redelivery of goods or chattels.  In civil actions for redelivery of goods or chattels taken or detained from the owner and secreted or withheld so that the same cannot be replevied, and in civil actions, by creditors, to reach and apply in payment of a debt any property, right, title or interest, legal or equitable, of a debtor or debtors, which cannot be come at to be attached on writ or taken on execution in a civil action, and any property or interest conveyed in fraud of creditors.

12. Pledging credit of public corporation for purpose not authorized by law.  When counties, cities, towns, school districts, School Administrative Districts, village or other public corporations, for a purpose not authorized by law, vote to pledge their credit or to raise money by taxation or to exempt property therefrom or to pay money from their treasury, or if any of their officers or agents attempt to pay out such money for such purpose, the court shall have jurisdiction on complaint filed by not less than 10 taxable inhabitants thereof, briefly setting forth the cause of complaint.

13. Equity jurisdiction.  And have full equity jurisdiction, according to the usage and practice of courts of equity, in all other cases where there is not a plain, adequate and complete remedy at law.


1995, c. 694, §D21 (AMD). 1995, c. 694, §E2 (AFF). 1999, c. 731, §ZZZ8 (AMD). 1999, c. 731, §ZZZ42 (AFF).