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Maine outstanding warrants are pending detention orders; information on these directives is held by multiple state agencies and even the FBI. At any time, the State Police has details on hundreds of active warrants that remain to be executed. There can be a myriad of reasons why these warrants could not be served. Among the most common is that the police simply could not find the offender.

Criminal who are being accused for crimes committed within the boundaries of Maine are captured by the various law enforcement agencies in the state and tried in one of the courts which is a part of the state's judicial network. The Office of the Attorney General or the District Attorney represents the state of Maine in such matters.

In Maine arrest records, their collection, storage and dissemination, is the responsibility of the State Bureau of Identification which works within the Department of Public Safety. The Crime History Records Information (CHRI) database maintained by the agency is the central repository of all criminal cases and charges that have been filed in the state. As such, all law enforcement and criminal justice agencies contribute towards the information in this database.

Like all other states in the country, the judiciary of Maine comprises of an appellate court which also has the administrative responsibility of the judicial network; courts with trial jurisdiction that have the authority to hear all criminal and civil matters and limited jurisdiction tribunals which are only allowed to handle certain criminal cases and non-criminal litigations with a higher cap on the disputed amount.

Active warrants from Maine are issued by tribunals that have trial or limited jurisdiction in criminal matters. Although the court can order arrests without enlisting the help of the police, this can only be done when the matter pertains to contempt of the judiciary or a no show in court. In these scenarios, the magistrate already has information on the criminal misdeed of the accused, so the police need not interfere in the issue process.