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- Proposed and recommended rule amendments
- Recent rule amendments and orders regarding rules
- Procedural rules
- Rules governing judges, lawyers, and guardians ad litem
- Other guides
(Updated May 22, 2018)
- May 8, 2018: SJC invites comments on proposed amendments to M.R. Civ. P. 80F to enlarge time for filing and response to a traffic violations summons and to specify the information in Violations Bureau court records that will be available to the public. Comments due by 4:00 p.m. on May 22, 2018.
- May 22, 2018: The Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed amendments to the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct and the Maine Bar Rules to prohibit harassment and discrimination by lawyers in conduct or communication related to the practice of law and to require lawyers to attend continuing education on harassment and discrimination. Comments due by June 5, 2018.
The proposal is the result of a recommendation by the Advisory Committee on Professional Conduct, a previous invitation for comments, and consideration of those comments. The following are the documents related to the proposal:
- Former Proposed amendment (superseded by the Current Proposal) to M.R. Prof. Conduct 8.4
- Letter from Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley to Clifford Ruprecht, Esq., Chair, Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, dated January 18, 2018
- Comments of Bernstein Shur
- Comments of Roger Clement, Esq., David P. Crocker, Esq., Bryan M. Dench, Esq., Joshua D. Dunlap, Esq., Gregory S. Fryer, Esq., Joanne Fryer, Esq., Robert B. Gregory, Esq., Ardith Keef, Esq., Ronald P. Lebel, Esq., Richard Moon, Esq., Christopher R. Smith, Esq., William Smyth, Esq., and Stephen C. Whiting, Esq.
- Comments of Drummond Woodsum
- Comments of Charles E. Gilbert III, Esq.
- Comments of A.J. Greif, Esq.
- Comments of Robert Hark, Esq.
- Comments of Stephen T. Hayes, Esq.
- Comments of the Immigration Legal Advocacy Project
- Comments of Bruce R. Johnson
- Comments of Legal Services for the Elderly
- Comments of Bill Leonard, Esq.
- Comments of Maine Equal Justice Partners
- Comments of the Maine Human Rights Commission
- Comments of the Maine Justice Foundation
- Comments of the Maine State Bar Association
- Comments of Charles W. March, Esq.
- Comments of Frank T. McGuire, Esq.
- Comments of Walter F. McKee, Esq.
- Comments of Murray Plumb & Murray
- Comments of Pine Tree Legal Assistance
- Comments of Michael R. Poulin, Esq.
- Comments of Preti Flaherty
- Comments of Andrew Schmidt, Esq.
- Comments of Deidre M. Smith, Esq.
- Comments of Zachary J. Smith, Esq.
- Comments of Allan K. Townsend, Esq.
- Comments of Volunteer Lawyers Project
- Comments of Rebecca S. Webber, Esq., and Jordan Payne Hay, Esq.
- Comments of Martin C. Womer, Esq.
|Rule Set Adopted or Amended||Rule Nos. Adopted or Amended||Subject|
|4/25/18||4/23/18||2018 Me. Rules 05||Professional Conduct||1.10||Conflict of interest when lawyers change firms|
|4/25/18||4/23/18||2018 Me. Rules 04||Bar||7(e)(9)||Recording of Fee Arbitration Commission proceedings|
|4/23/18||5/1/18||2018 Me. Rules 03||Appellate||2A(d); 5(b); 23(b)(1)(B)||Online ordering oftranscripts; length of petitions for appellate review in workers' compensation appeals|
|2/16/18||2/14/18||2018 Me. Rules 02||Civil||30(b)(4)||Recording of depositions|
|1/23/18||1/31/18||2018 Me. Rules 01||Guardians ad litem||5(k), (l)||Billing standards; compliance reports|
|10/19/17||10/18/17||2017 Me. Rules 10||Civil||80F||Changes to allow use of electronic filing of violation summons and complaint|
|9/15/17||9-5-17||2017 Me. Rules 09||Judicial Conduct||4.1(A)||Political conduct of incumbent judges and judicial candidates|
|7/6/17||9/1/17||2017 Me. Rules 08||Appellate||19(d)-(k)||Correction of subdivision lettering and numbering|
|6/13/17||9/1/17||2017 Me. Rules 07||Appellate||Entire set||Restyled Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure|
|6/13/17||6/5/17||2017 Me. Rules 06||Bar||13(e)(7)(D); 25||Non-disciplinary sanctions by agreement|
|6/2/17||5/30/17||2017 Me. Rules 05||Civil||77(c)||Designation of hours of operation of clerks' offices|
(Updated May 11, 2018)
- Maine Rules of Civil Procedure:
- Maine Rules of Unified Criminal Procedure
- Maine Rules of Evidence
- Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure
- Restyled Rules only--no advisory notes (April 2018). These rules apply to appeals filed on or after September 1, 2017. For the former rules, see the 2016 court rules publication by Tower Publishing.
- Restyled Rules complete with advisory notes (April 2018). These rules apply to appeals filed on or after September 1, 2017. For the former rules, see the 2016 court rules publication by Tower Publishing.
(Updated May 11, 2018)
- Rules governing judges:
- Maine Code of Judicial Conduct only (no advisory notes) (September 2017)
- Maine Code of Judicial Conduct complete with advisory notes (September 2017)
- Maine Rules of the Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability (January 2015)
- Rules governing lawyers:
- Maine Rules of Professional Conduct (ethical rules):
- Maine Bar Rules:
- Other rules governing lawyers:
- Maine Bar Admission Rules (May 2017)
- Rules for the Maine Assistance Program for Lawyers (November 2014)
- Rules for Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection (September 2013)
- Rules governing guardians ad litem:
- Maine Civil Legal Services Fund Commission (July 2008)
- Checklist for Preparing, Filing, and Maintaining an Appeal Pursuant to the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure (September 2017)
- Appellate Practice Guide for use with The Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure (restyled, effective September 1, 2017) (September 2017)
- A Guide for Appeals to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court (August 2009). Note: This guide is based on the former rules, applicable to appeals filed before September 1, 2017.
- Maine Law Review: Uniform Maine Citations (2017) -- Uniform Maine Citations, 2016-2017 Edition, provides updated rules for the citation of Maine legal authorities, including judicial decisions, constitutional provisions, statutory and legislative materials, court rules, treatises, periodicals, and miscellaneous Maine authorities.