Law Court invites amicus briefs on
whether a Maine court has jurisdiction
over a criminal prosecution
for 15 M.R.S. § 1092(1)(B), violation of condition of release,
when the alleged violation, consisting entirely of contact with an
identified person, occurred in another state


The Maine Supreme Judicial Court, sitting as the Law Court, invites briefs of amici curiae in the appeal of State of Maine v. Emanuel J. Sloboda, Law Court docket number Yor-19-280, on the issue of whether Maine courts have subject matter jurisdiction over a criminal prosecution pursuant to 15 M.R.S. § 1092(1)(B) that is based on an allegation that the defendant had contact in another state with a person he was prohibited from contacting by a preconviction bail order issued in Maine.

The briefs filed by Sloboda and the State of Maine are available on the Court’s website at 
An amicus brief, which may not exceed ten pages (exclusive of the required tables, signature block, and certificate of service on the parties), 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 February 19, 2020.  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:  January 17, 2020

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