Case Types Heard in Superior Court

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A criminal case involves an accusation that an individual or corporation has committed a crime. The party charged with the crime, called the defendant, is brought before the court by a complaint, an indictment or an information. The plaintiff in the case is the State of Maine, represented by a prosecutor, who may be either from the District Attorney’s office or from the Attorney General’s office. A defendant under our constitutional system is presumed innocent. In a criminal trial, the State has the burden of proving a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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