Law Court invites amicus briefs on
allocation of burden of proof
in competency proceedings


The Maine Supreme Judicial Court, sitting as the Law Court, invites briefs of amici curiae in the appeal of State of Maine v. Travis R. Gerrier, Law Court docket number Ken-17-526, limited to addressing the general issue of the allocation of the burden of proof in a criminal proceeding to determine whether a criminal defendant is competent to stand trial—specifically, which party, if any, bears the burden.

The parties’ initial briefs and the trial court’s order regarding competency are available on the Court’s website at 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 11, 2018. An amicus brief must be filed at the address listed below and must comply with M.R. App. P. 7A. 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 10, 2018

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