What Kind of Court is the Superior Court?

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In the United States there are state and federal court systems. The Superior Court in which you will serve is part of the Maine state court system. The types of cases which can be heard in each court are specified by state and federal laws, which establish the jurisdiction or subject matter which each court system may handle.

Within the federal and state court systems, there are different types of courts, whose jurisdiction is also set by law. The Superior Court is a trial court as distinguished from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court which is an appellate court. The Maine District Court is a limited jurisdiction trial court in which cases are heard by a judge without a jury.

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