The Maine Superior Court
is the trial court
of general jurisdiction
in the Maine state court
All state jury trials
are held in the Superior Court. The court is located in each of Maine's 16 counties
(with two locations in Aroostook County
). The Court consists of 17 justices
who all have statewide jurisdiction
and travel to the different courthouses
to hold court. Justices are nominated by the Governor
by the Maine Senate
and are appointed to seven-year terms.
Chief Justices of the Maine Superior Court
The position of Chief Justice of the Maine Superior Court was authorized by the Maine Legislature
, P.L. 1983, c. 269, § 7, to be effective on January 1, 1984. The Chief Justice is designated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court to "serve at the pleasure and under the supervision of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and shall be responsible for the operation of the Superior Court." 4 MRSA §101-A.
As of August 3, 2010, the justices of the Maine Superior Court were:
Active-retired justices of the Maine Superior Court:
Statewide Superior Court established January 1, 1930; P.L. 1929, ch 141. The Superior Court, with a location in each county, became the general jurisdiction trial court, replacing the Maine Supreme Court
justices who traveled from county to county to sit in trial terms......