Law Court invites amicus briefs on
online availability of the inventory and
summary of assets of a ward subject to
a conservatorship


The Maine Supreme Judicial Court, sitting as the Law Court, invites briefs of amici curiae on the following question reported to it by the Kennebec County Probate Court in Conservatorship of Emma, Law Court docket number Ken-16-32:

When a conservator files an inventory and account for the ward, a. should the image of the documents be available online; b. should the summary numbers from the documents be available online while the document images remain as publicly available only in the court (current practice in Kennebec [County Probate Court]); c. should neither the image of the document nor any summary numbers be available online (current practice in [Probate Courts in] fourteen counties); or d. should the Probate Court adopt a policy different from a, b, or c above?

The parties' briefs are linked to above.

An amicus brief may be filed by or on behalf of any individual, entity, or group of individuals and/or entities without separate leave of the Court. Any amicus brief must be filed on or before September 2, 2016. An amicus brief must be filed at the address listed below, and must comply with M.R. App. P. 7(c), 9(e)(1), and 9(f). In addition to filing and serving the required number of copies, any amicus must send a copy of the brief electronically, as a single "native" or text-based .pdf file, to

Dated: August 5, 2016

Matthew Pollack
Clerk of the Law Court
205 Newbury Street Room 139
Portland, Maine  04101
(207) 822-4146