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Methods of Judicial Selection: Maine

Limited Jurisdiction Courts

District Court
Jurisdiction: civil cases including monetary damages claims, domestic relations cases, and involuntary commitments; Class D and E criminal offenses; no jury trials
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment with senate confirmation
Retention of Judges: gubernatorial reappointment with senate confirmation
Qualifications: state bar member
Probate Court
Jurisdiction: estates and trusts; adoptions and name changes; guardianship and protective proceedings
Selection of Judges: partisan election
Retention of Judges: reelection
Qualifications: attorneys admitted to practice in state and residing in state