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What are the fuctions of Maine's Judicial branch?

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July 21, 2007 12:13PM

Along with the Governor's office and the Maine Legislature, the Maine Judicial Branch is one of the three branches (executive, legislative and judicial) of Maine state government. Its responsibility is to operate the court system in Maine.

There are four types of court within the Maine Judicial Branch. The Supreme Judicial Court is the 'court of last resort' in Maine, meaning the court that makes the final decision on questions of state law. The two trial courts are the Superior Court, which handles all jury cases, felony criminal cases and major civil cases, and the District Court, which handles family, misdemeanor criminal, juvenile, small claims and traffic cases. A separate Probate Court handles cases involving wills, guardianships and estate matters.