Law Court invites amicus briefs on
probationer's right to effective
assistance of counsel at
probation revocation hearing and
on whether probationer may challenge
effectiveness of counsel in a
post-conviction review proceeding


The Maine Supreme Judicial Court, sitting as the Law Court, invites briefs of amici curiae in the appeals of Jay K. Gould v. State of Maine and Jonathan Petgrave v. State of Maine, Law Court docket numbers Pen-18-11 and Aro-18-257, respectively, addressing whether a probationer has a right to the effective assistance of counsel at a hearing on a motion to revoke his probation and, if so, whether a probationer may challenge the effectiveness of counsel at that proceeding through a petition for post-conviction review. Gould's and Petgrave's briefs and the orders denying Gould's and Petgrave's petitions for post-conviction review are available at the links above.

A single amicus brief, which may argue the issues in both appeals, 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 October 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:  September 17, 2018

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