In Churchill v. S.A.D. no. 49 Teachers Association, 380 A.2d 186 (Me. 1977), one of the issues presented to the Court was whether a provision in a labor contract violated a statute that governed the scope of binding arbitration.
The Court held that "the issue of the legality of the . . . agreement in the instant case is one solely of law, wherein the special expertise of the administrative agency would be of no significant benefit." Id. at 190. Consequently, the appellate courts had jurisdiction over the issue even though the administrative body had not passed on it. Id.