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- October 31, 2018: The Supreme Judicial Court seeks letters of interest from attorneys and others who are interested in serving on the newly expanded Board of the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services. Letters of interest due by noon on November 16, 2018.
- October 29, 2018: Maine Judicial Branch Announces that e-filing is now live for Violations Bureau Cases. The Maine court system’s new case management and e-filing system, Odyssey, is now available for traffic violation cases. Parties may look their cases up online, file answers and motions, and pay tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- October 26, 2018: The SJC has adopted an amendment to the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct to prohibit attorneys from having sexual relations with clients unless a consensual sexual relationship existed when the client-lawyer relationship commenced.
- October 22, 2018: The SJC has adopted amendments to the Maine Rules for Guardians Ad Litem regarding the application of the rules to non-rostered attorneys specially appointed by a court.
- October 15, 2018: SJC invites comments on proposed amendments to the Maine Rules of Probate Procedure regarding forms and private information. Comments due by October 29, 2018.
- October 12, 2018: The Chief Justice invites input from the bar on Civil Process Reform. Letters of interest in serving on working group invited through October 23, 2018. Public hearing scheduled for October 24, 2018. Documents relating to the proposal, including comments received in response to the invitation for comment, are available on the Civil Justice Reform page.
- October 10, 2018: Maine Judicial Branch Announces e-filing for Violations Bureau Cases. The Maine Judicial Branch announces that the first phase of the Maine court system’s new case management and e-filing system, Odyssey, will be rolled out for traffic violation cases statewide on October 29.
- October 10, 2018: Maine Supreme Court Honors Lawyers Who Have Provided Free Legal Services to Those in Need. Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program recognizes lawyers providing 50 or more hours of pro bono assistance in 2018.
- September 18, 2018: The Justices of the SJC have issued a procedural order on the question from the House of Representatives on whether the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians may operate a casino on its land without permission from the State. Briefs due by noon on October 12, 2018. The Court will post all documents relating to the question on the page dedicated to the question.
- September 17, 2018: The Maine Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on a proposed amendment to the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct to prohibit attorneys from engaging in sexual relations with clients. Comments due by October 15, 2018. Public hearing to be held on October 23, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in Portland.
- September 17, 2018: Law Court invites amicus briefs on a probationer's right to effective assistance of counsel at a probation revocation hearing and right to challenge counsel's effectiveness in a post-conviction review proceeding. Amicus briefs due by October 11, 2018.
- September 5, 2018: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed civil justice reform to adopt Differentiated Case Management principles as described in the Court's posted summary entitled "Civil Justice Reform for Maine's Courts." Comments due by October 5, 2018. Court will hold a public hearing on the proposal on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in the SJC Courtroom in the Cumberland County Courthouse.
- August 9, 2018: The SJC has adopted amendments to the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure modifying the effective date for amendments to M.R. Civ. P. 80F, regarding traffic infractions, and modifying the time for replies to oppositions to motions in civil matters.
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