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Courts in Maine

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Courts in Maine include Maine's state court system and one federal district court.

The state court system serves a population of about 1.3 million people. It has 39 courthouses. The budget of the state's judiciary branch in 2007 was $57.9 million; the court also collected $47 million in income of various kinds, including fines.

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The structure of Maine's state court system.

278,088 cases were filed in Maine's courts in 2007.[1]

Maine is one of eleven states that does not have an intermediate appellate court.

Appellate Courts

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Maine Supreme Judicial Court

The Supreme Judicial Court is the state's court of last resort. Additionally, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court is one of the few state Supreme Courts that is authorized to issue advisory opinions. These advisory opinions are issued at the request of either the Executive Branch or the Legislative Branch.

Trial Courts

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Maine Superior Court

The Superior Court is the state's trial court of general jurisdiction and is the only type of court that holds jury trials.

Maine District Courts

The District Courts have several separate divisions:

Maine Business and Consumer Court is a two-judge court that handles business and consumer disputes.

Maine Probate Courts handle matters of probate.

Federal courts

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The federal district court in Maine is the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine. It was established in 1789 and has three federal judges and is part of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

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