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  • June 3, 2019: The Maine Judicial Branch announced today from June 3 through August 30, all state courts will close to the public at 4 p.m. Courts will resume normal public hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, on Tuesday, September 3.

  • Updated May 29, 2019: SJC invites comments on a proposed amendment to the Maine Bar Rules regarding the Maine Justice Foundation's use of IOLTA funds.  Comments due by June 14, 2019. [Time for comments extended on May 29, 2019.]

  • May 20, 2019: The SJC invites comments on the official court forms that are used in family matters. The Judicial Branch will consider the comments as part of its review of current forms in preparation for its e-filing system and related privacy rules. Comments due by June 14, 2019.

  • May 14, 2019: The SJC has adopted amendments to the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct regarding harassment and discrimination.

  • May 10, 2019: Law Court invites amicus briefs on constitutionality of warrantless blood draws from drivers in fatal accidents. Amicus briefs due by June 7, 2019.

  • May 1, 2019: The SJC has adopted amendments to the Maine Bar Rules regarding continuing legal education for lawyers.

  • April 26, 2019: SJC invites comments on proposed amendments to Rule 47 of the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure, governing jury selection.  Comments are due by May 24, 2019.

  • April 25, 2019: The SJC has adopted amendments to the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure regarding electronic versions of transcripts; briefing of juvenile appeals; and appeals from denials of motions to modify probation conditions. Amendments will be effective on June 1, 2019.

  • April 11, 2019: The SJC has adopted amendments to the Maine Rules of Probate Procedure regarding use of official forms. Amendments will be effective on July 1, 2019.

  • March 19, 2019: The first meeting of the Pre-Trial Justice Reform Task Force will take place on Wednesday April 3, 2019. The meeting will take place from 1-3 pm in the Chamberlain Conference Room, Capital Judicial Center, 1 Court Street Augusta, ME. The meeting is open to the public.

  • February 26, 2019: Chief Justice Saufley delivered the State of the Judiciary address to the Legislature.

  • February 22, 2019: Media Advisory — Maine Supreme Court Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley will give her annual State of the Judiciary address on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Read full text of notice here.

  • January 25, 2019: The Adult Drug Court Advisory Committee received the Judicial Branch Special Service Award in recognition of their significant contribution to improvements in the operation and performance of the Judicial Branch.

  • December 20, 2018: Supreme Court Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley recently announced the recipients of this year’s Judicial Branch Performance Council employee and volunteer recognition awards.

  • December 4, 2018: Wednesday, December 5, has been declared a National Day of Mourning in recognition of the death of the 41st American President. The Maine Judicial Branch joins the entire country in mourning the death of former President George H.W. Bush. All flags will be flown at half mast in recognition of President Bush's passing. While some offices of State and Federal Government have announced that they will be closed tomorrow, Maine's Judicial Branch, as an essential service, will be open as usual.

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