Terms Used In Maine Revised Statutes Title 14 Sec. 504

  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • 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.
In all actions commenced in any court proper to try them jurisdiction shall be sustained if goods, estate, effects or credits of any defendant are found within the State and attached.