No person shall be held to answer in any court for an alleged offense, unless on an indictment found by a grand jury, except for contempt of court and in the following cases:

1. Use of charging instrument other than an indictment.  When a prosecution utilizing a charging instrument other than an indictment is expressly authorized by rule of court; or
[ 1997, c. 4, §1 (RPR) .]

Terms Used In Maine Revised Statutes Title 15 Sec. 701

  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
2. District Courts and courts martial.  In proceedings before the District Court, the District Court acting as a juvenile court and courts martial.


1971, c. 544, §49 (AMD). 1979, c. 663, §94 (AMD). 1997, c. 4, §1 (AMD).