What types of cases are heard in Superior Court and UCD?
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 information, a complaint, or an indictment. 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.
A limited number of civil actions, along with criminal cases, may be heard in a Unified Criminal Docket with a jury.