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November 14, 2019: Law Court invites amicus briefs on whether evidence that had been suppressed in a criminal matter as unlawfully obtained may be used in deciding the State's motion to terminate a deferred disposition in another criminal matter. Amicus briefs due by February 14, 2020.
November 1, 2019: Law Court invites amicus briefs regarding the application of firearms prohibitions to a person who is an "unlawful user of" or "addicted to" marijuana. Amicus briefs due by December 2, 2019.
November 1, 2019: Law Court invites amicus briefs on whether the Juvenile Court should have "expressly further limit[ed]" the indeterminate commitment of a juvenile as permitted by 15 M.R.S. § 3316(2)(A). Amicus briefs due by November 25, 2019.
October 28, 2019: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed amendments to the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure as part of a project of civil process improvement. Comments due by Friday, December 13, 2019.
October 11, 2019: Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program ceremonies held to honor Maine attorneys for pro bono legal service contributions.
October 4, 2019: Supreme Judicial Court to hold court at Gorham, Old Town, Houlton High Schools October 8-10.
September 20, 2019: The Judicial Branch announces a temporary change regarding fines for a first offense of the hand-held device statute.
September 13, 2019: Law Court invites amicus briefs regarding the admissibility of business records
that include records of other businesses
without testimony of records custodians
from the other businesses. Amicus briefs due November 1, 2019.
September 9, 2019: The SJC has adopted amendments to the Rules for the Maine Civil Legal Services Fund Commission regarding eligibility to receive disbursements from the fund.
May 14, 2019: The SJC has adopted amendments to the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct regarding harassment and discrimination.
May 1, 2019: The SJC has adopted amendments to the Maine Bar Rules regarding continuing legal education for lawyers.
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.
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.
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