1. Jurisdiction.  The Superior Court has original jurisdiction, exclusive or concurrent, of all crimes.
[ 1999, c. 731, Pt. ZZZ, §9 (NEW); 1999, c. 731, Pt. ZZZ, §42 (AFF) .]

Terms Used In Maine Revised Statutes Title 15 Sec. 1

  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Arraignment: A proceeding in which an individual who is accused of committing a crime is brought into court, told of the charges, and asked to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • 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.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
2. Appellate and review jurisdiction. 
[ 2015, c. 100, §1 (AMD); 2015, c. 431, §3 (RP) .]

3. Location of post-arraignment proceedings.  The Supreme Judicial Court may by rule provide that, with the consent of the defendant, post-arraignment proceedings in criminal cases may be conducted at locations other than those provided by statute. The Supreme Judicial Court may by rule provide that, without the consent of the defendant, post-arraignment proceedings in criminal cases may be conducted at locations other than those provided by statute, provided that the location is in an adjoining county and that it is in the vicinity of where the offense was committed.
[ 1999, c. 731, Pt. ZZZ, §9 (NEW); 1999, c. 731, Pt. ZZZ, §42 (AFF) .]

4. No jurisdiction, powers, duties or authority of Law Court.  The Superior Court does not have and may not exercise the jurisdiction, powers, duties or authority of the Supreme Judicial Court sitting as the Law Court.
[ 1999, c. 731, Pt. ZZZ, §9 (NEW); 1999, c. 731, Pt. ZZZ, §42 (AFF) .]

SECTION HISTORY

1975, c. 337, §3 (AMD). 1979, c. 127, §114 (AMD). 1985, c. 179, (AMD). 1999, c. 731, §ZZZ42 (AFF). 1999, c. 731, §ZZZ9 (RPR). 2005, c. 64, §1 (AMD). 2015, c. 100, §1 (AMD). 2015, c. 431, §3 (AMD).