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PROPOSED AND RECOMMENDED RULE AMENDMENTS

(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    • Former Proposed amendment (superseded by the Current Proposal) to M.R. Prof.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.

RECENT RULE AMENDMENTS AND ORDERS REGARDING RULES

Date
Posted
Effective
Date
Order
No.
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


PROCEDURAL RULES

(Updated May 11, 2018)

  • Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure

 

RULES GOVERNING JUDGES, LAWYERS, AND GUARDIANS AD LITEM

(Updated May 11, 2018)

 

OTHER GUIDES

  • 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.