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November

  • November 24, 2020: The SJC invites comments on proposed revisions to Pandemic Management Order PMO-SJC-8, regarding waiver of initial appearances and arraignments. Comments due by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2020.

  • November 24, 2020: The Maine Judicial Branch announced today eFiling beginning November 30, 2020.

  • November 24, 2020: The SJC invites comments on proposed revisions to Pandemic Management Order PMO-SJC-3 and on proposed Pandemic Management Order PMO-SJC-3A, regarding submission of documents by email. Comments due by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2020.

  • November 23, 2020: The Maine Judicial Branch announced today the closure of the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25 as a result of an employee testing positive for COVID-19.

  • The Maine Judicial Branch announced today new dates for the launch of Maine eCourts.

  • November 3, 2020: The Maine Judicial Branch announced today that it has adopted a revised COVID-19 Phased Management Plan (Plan) and issued revisions of two Pandemic Management Orders, PMO-SJC-6 and PMO-SJC-7, to clarify how Maine courts are allocating limited judicial resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, including extending the date when many civil case types will be scheduled until into 2021. In a statement from Maine Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice Andrew M. Mead, the Judicial Branch said these steps are necessary because of the extensive resources and complex planning required to schedule and conduct criminal trials and other top tier priority cases in the COVID era. Also released are new amendments to the Business and Consumer Docket Procedural Rules.

  • November 3, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court has adopted amendments, effective on November 30, 2020, to the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure relating to electronic filing in the Business and Consumer Docket.

October

September

August

  • August 28, 2020: The Maine Judicial Branch announced today that the Rumford District Court, located in the Town of Rumford Municipal Building, will be closed today, August 28, because an officer of the Rumford Police Department tested positive for COVID-19.

  • August 28, 2020: The Judicial Branch has released a revision to the State of Maine Judicial Branch COVID-19 Phased Management Plan. The updated Plan extends the starting date for Phase 5 from October 19 to November 9. Phase 5 includes the resumption of jury trials. 

  • August 21, 2020: The Judicial Branch announced today the adoption of the Maine Rules of Electronic Court Systems (RECS) which set forth the standards for access to electronic court records and efiling processes available through Maine eCourts

  • August 18, 2020: The Judicial Branch announced today the Millinocket District Court will be closed on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 in light of recent reports of a COVID-19 outbreak at a wedding event. There have been no reports of exposure at the courthouse.

  • August 13, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a statement regarding the Maine Bar Examination scheduled for September 30-October 1, 2020.

  • August 7, 2020: The Maine Judicial Branch announced today that Maine eCourts is being rolled out in Bangor courts this fall for many types of civil cases and family matters.

July

  • July 31, 2020: The Judicial Branch announced today a revision to the State of Maine Judicial Branch COVID-19 Phased Management Plan and issued PMO-SJC-7 regarding trial court remote proceedings and public access.

  • July 23, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to the affidavit, Cares Act and Federal Programs Verification for Forcible Entry and Detainer, found in appendix A of PMO-SJC-6.

  • July 21, 2020: The Maine Judicial Branch announced today the release of PMO-SJC-6: Emergency Rules from the Supreme Judicial Court for Forcible Entry and Detainer (Eviction) Cases setting forth procedures that will apply to all Forcible Entry and Detainer (FED) (eviction) cases pending from March 18, 2020, the date of the first order issued by the Supreme Judicial Court in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, through August 31, 2020.

  • July 2, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court has established a high-profile case page for the matter of Avangrid Networks, Inc., et al. v. Secretary of State et al., an appeal from an order of the Superior Court (Cumberland County) dismissing Avangrid Networks' complaint seeking to enjoin the Secretary of State from placing a citizen initiative to reject the New England Clean Energy Connect Transmission Project on the November 3, 2020, ballot. The Court invites briefs of amici curiae.  Details on the procedure for the matter are available on the high-profile case page and in the procedural order issued by the Court.

  • July 2, 2020: The Judicial Branch announced today an update to the State of Maine Judicial Branch COVID-19 Phased Management Plan, expanding the maximum number of people permitted in a courtroom from 10 to 50 beginning in Phase 3. Social distancing requirements will remain in effect. 

June

  • June 18, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court has established a high-profile case page for the matter of Payne v. Secretary of State, a reported matter from the Superior Court on issues relating to the people's veto petition regarding An Act to Implement Ranked-choice Voting for Presidential Primary and General Elections in Maine, L.D. 1083 of the 129th Legislature.  The Court invites briefs of amici curiae.  Details on the procedure for the matter are available on the high-profile case page and in the procedural order issued by the Court.

  • June 15, 2020: Law Court invites amicus briefs on termination of parental rights of a parent who is unable to provide direct care of a child, when the child is being cared for safely and appropriately by relatives under a guardianship. Briefs due by July 13, 2020.

  • June 8, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a statement on efforts to deliver equal justice and combat racism. 

  • June 5, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to PMO-SJC-2 to consolidate, clarify, correct, and ratify earlier emergency orders, including the administration of oaths at depositions conducted remotely via audio-video communication equipment and other matters.

  • June 4, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to PMO-SJC-4 to allow for the refund of fees paid to the Maine Board of Bar Examiners for the cancelled July examination dates under certain circumstances.

May

  • May 28, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to PMO-SJC-1 to incorporate the State of Maine Judicial Branch COVID-19 Phased Management Plan.

  • May 27, 2020: The Judicial Branch announced today the release of the State of Maine Judicial Branch COVID-19 Phased Management Plan. The plan creates a five-phased process for reopening Maine Courts and is based on the most recent scientific data available from the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and stakeholder input.

  • May 21, 2020: SJC invites comments on portions of the proposed Maine Rules of Electronic Court Systems, including (1) proposed revisions to Rules 1 and 2 of the rules previously proposed as the Maine Digital Court Records Access Rules and (2) a newly proposed Rules of Electronic Filing and Service to govern the use of the courts' electronic filing system when it is implemented. Comments due by June 4, 2020.

  • May 20, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to PMO-SJC-2, providing additional clarity on the 49-day extension of due dates.

  • May 19, 2020: Court operations resumed in Portland on Monday, May 18, 2020 following cleaning and disinfecting and a negative COVID-19 test result. See Court Operations Resume in Portland.

  • May 18, 2020: The Maine Judicial Branch will host the second of two virtual sessions of the newly created Stakeholders Advisory Group on May 21, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. See Notice of May 21 Stakeholders Meeting.

  • May 15, 2020: Cumberland County Courts Closed Following Possible Case of COVID-19.

  • May 13, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued revisions to two Pandemic Management Orders. The revised orders replace and supersede previous orders.
    • PMO-SJC-1: This revised order corrects errors in the previous order. 
    • PMO-SJC-2: This revised order  provides that the provision creating the 49 day extension of due dates will not apply to due dates that occur after June 1.

  • May 12, 2020: The Maine Judicial Branch will host two virtual sessions of the newly created stakeholders advisory group, on May 14 and May 21, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. The purpose of the meetings is to obtain input and suggestions for continuing efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic as it pertains to the courts. See Notice of Upcoming Stakeholders Meetings.

  • May 11, 2020: The Maine Judicial Branch, in collaboration with the Maine State Bar Association, is happy to announce the next Guardian ad Litem Core Training. Completion of this training is required to become a rostered guardian ad litem. The training will be entirely virtual and will consist of eight half-day sessions, starting on June 15, 2020. For more information and to access the application, see the For Rosted GALs web page.

  • May 5, 2020: The Maine Judicial Branch issued revisions to the Pandemic Management Orders (PMOs) today updating the measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency and include:

April

  • April 24, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court will stream the live audio of its video-conference oral argument in Reed v. Secretary of State, regarding the citizen initiative on the CMP corridor, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., on its livestream page.

  • April 22, 2020: PMO-SJC-1 Revised Emergency Order and Notice from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court was revised. This revised order extends the operative date regarding scheduling cases to May 15 from May 1 and expands the cases types that are eligible for scheduling and hearing during the effective dates of the order.

  • April 17, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued an order regarding petitions concerning control of notifiable diseases and conditions pursuant to Title 22, chapter 250. The Court has promulgated forms for the Notice of Hearing and Order for hearings held pursuant to 22 M.R.S.  § 820. See PMO-SJC-5 Order Regarding Petitions Concerning Control of Notifiable Diseases and Conditions.

  • April 16, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court has established a high-profile case page for the matter of Reed v. Secretary of State, the appeal from the Business and Consumer Docket order affirming the Secretary of State's determination that the citizen's initiative regarding the CMP Corridor had sufficient valid signatures to be placed on the ballot.  The Court invites briefs of amici curiae.  Details on the procedure for the matter are available on the high-profile case page and in the procedural order issued by the Court.

  • April 15, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued an order rescheduling the Maine Bar Examination to Wednesday, September 30, and Thursday, October 1, 2020. See PMO-SJC-4 Order Regarding the Maine Bar Examination.
  • April 14, 2020: The Maine Judicial Branch announced today that Senior Associate Supreme Court Justice Andrew M.  Mead will "perform any and all duties of the Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court," pursuant to statute, following the resignation of Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley to become Dean of the University of Maine School of Law.

  • April 8, 2020: Courthouse Facilities Update regarding the York County Superior Courthouse in Alfred.

March

February

  • February 28, 2020: Law Court invites amicus briefs on whether redacted medical records of non-parties are discoverable in a civil action. Briefs due by March 30, 2020.

  • February 21, 2020: SJC to hold public hearing to receive oral comments regarding proposal to limit or prohibit use of IOLTA funds for legislative lobbying and political candidate activity. Hearing to be held on Monday, March 2, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 7 of the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta. Documents regarding the proposal are available at the link above.

January

  • January 28, 2020: Chief Justice Saufley delivered the State of the Judiciary address to the Legislature.

  • January 17, 2020: Law Court invites amicus briefs 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. Amicus briefs due by February 19, 2020.

December

  • December 9, 2019: The Maine Judicial Branch is seeking applications from persons interested in being appointed as a Justice of the Peace for the State of Maine. Justices of the Peace are appointed by the Chief Judge of the Maine District Court and serve at the pleasure of the Chief Judge. Applicants must be currently licensed as a lawyer in Maine and cannot be employed by a prosecutor’s office or law enforcement agency. See the Justice of the Peace announcement for more information.

November

  • November 25, 2019: Supreme Judicial Court invites members of the Bar to update their interest in serving on a number of advisory committes by December 31, 2019. See the Notice of Opportunity to Serve on Advisory Committees on Maine Rules of Court for more information.

  • November 20, 2019: The next meeting of the Pretrial Justice Reform Task Force will take place November 25, 2019 from 1 to 4:30pm. The meeting will be held in the Chamberlain Conference Room at the Capital Judicial Center, 1 Court Street, Augusta, ME. The meeting is open to the public.

  • 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

September

July

  • July 1, 2019: Chief Justice Saufley declared Friday, July 5 a State holiday. As a result, all Judicial Branch Courts and offices will be closed to the public.

June

  • June 27, 2019: The SJC has adoped amendments to the Maine Bar Rules regarding the use of IOLTA funds.

  • 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.

May

  • 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 adoped 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.

  • Updated May 29, 2019: May 8, 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 1, 2019: The SJC has adopted amendments to the Maine Bar Rules regarding continuing legal education for lawyers.

April

  • 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.

  • April 10, 2019: SJC invites comments on a proposed amendment to the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure to classify appeals from denials of motions to modify probation conditions as criminal discretionary appeals.  Comments due by April 24, 2019.

  • April 3, 2019:  SJC invites comments on a proposed amendment to the Maine Rules for Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection to increase the maximum amount of reimbursement available per lawyer.  Comments due by April 17, 2019.

March

  • 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.

  • March 11, 2019:  SJC invites comments on proposed amendments to the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure to require electronic copies of all transcripts filed in support of an appeal and to make appeals from juvenile matters Track A expedited appeals.  Comments due by April 1, 2019.

February

  • February 27, 2019:  SJC invites comments on drafts of Digital Court Records Access Rules and related amendments to the Maine Rules of Unified Criminal Procedure and the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure, including Family Division Rules.  Comments due by March 27, 2019.

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

  • February 25, 2019: On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the Advisory Committees on Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Unified Criminal Procedure, and Family Rules will hold separate meetings to discuss the preliminary draft of new court rules that address access to digital court records. Read full text of notice and scheduled meeting times here.

  • 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

December

  • 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.

October

September

  • September 18, 2018: The Justices of the SJC have issued a procedural order on the question from the House of Representatives on whether the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians may operate a casino on its land without permission from the State. Briefs due by noon on October 12, 2018. The Court will post all documents relating to the question on the page dedicated to the question.

  • September 17, 2018: The Maine Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on a proposed amendment to the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct to prohibit attorneys from engaging in sexual relations with clients.  Comments due by October 15, 2018. Public hearing to be held on October 23, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in Portland.

  • September 17, 2018: Law Court invites amicus briefs on a probationer's right to effective assistance of counsel at a probation revocation hearing and right to challenge counsel's effectiveness in a post-conviction review proceeding.  Amicus briefs due by October 11, 2018.

  • September 5, 2018:  Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed civil justice reform to adopt Differentiated Case Management principles as described in the Court's posted summary entitled "Civil Justice Reform for Maine's Courts."  Comments due by October 5, 2018.  Court will hold a public hearing on the proposal on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in the SJC Courtroom in the Cumberland County Courthouse. 

August

  • August 10, 2018: The Law Court invites amicus briefs on the allocation of the burden of proof in criminal competency proceedings. Amicus briefs due by September 11, 2018.

  • August 8, 2018: The SJC has adopted amendments to the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure modifying the effective date for amendments to M.R. Civ. P. 80F, regarding traffic infractions, and modifying the time for replies to oppositions to motions in civil matters.

  • August 6, 2018: The Law Court invites amicus briefs on the constitutionality of process in the Probate Courts for termination of parental rights in "private" adoption matters. Amicus briefs due by September 11, 2018.

July

  • July 26, 2018: The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hold a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland, in Courtroom 12, to receive oral comments regarding a proposed amendment to the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct to prohibit harassment and discrimination.

  • July 19, 2018: The SJC has adopted amendments to the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure on public access to Violations Bureau records; to the Maine Bar Rules on continuing legal education requirements on avoiding harassment and discrimination; and to the Maine Rules of Probate Procedure on challenges to probates of wills and on efiling requirements.

  • July 17, 2018: The Law Court invites amicus briefs on the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Carpenter v. United States on the legality of the police's obtaining, without a warrant, real-time information on a cell phone's location.  Amicus briefs due by August 31, 2018.

  • July 12, 2018: The SJC has adopted amendments to the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure to require in third-party practice electronic service of documents, after the intiial complaint and summons, between attorneys and unrepresented parties who opt in to electronic service. Rules effective on July 11, 2018.

  • July 1, 2018: The SJC has adopted amendments to the Maine Rules of Evidence regarding prior consistent statements of a witness and business records. Rules effective on August 1, 2018.

  • July 1, 2018: The SJC has adopted amendments to the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure to require electronic service of documents, after the intiial complaint and summons, between attorneys and unrepresented parties who opt in to electronic service. Rules effective on July 1, 2018.

June

  • June 21, 2018: SJC invites comments on proposed amendments to the Maine Rules of Probate Procedure to (1) require electronic filing in all pending Probate Court matters, regardless of the date that a matter was commenced; (2) require Registered Filers (as defined by the rules) to pay all fees and costs electronically; and (3) make other technical and grammatical corrections and clarifications. ​ Comments due by July 5, 2018.

May

  • May 31, 2018:  SJC invites comments on a proposed amendment to the order establishing the Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability to permit a member whose term has expired to serve until a successor is appointed.  Comments due by June 7, 2018.

  • May 22, 2018: The Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed amendments to the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct and the Maine Bar Rules to prohibit harassment and discrimination by lawyers in conduct or communication related to the practice of law and to require lawyers to attend continuing education on harassment and discrimination. Comments due by June 5, 2018.

  • May 8, 2018: SJC invites comments on proposed amendments to M.R. Civ. P. 80F to enlarge time for filing and response to a traffic violations summons and to specify the information in Violations Bureau court records that will be available to the public. Comments due by 4:00 p.m. on May 22, 2018.

April

  • April 23, 2018: SJC invites comments on proposed amendments to the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure to require represented parties, and permit unrepresented parties, to serve documents electronically after the commencement of an action.  Comments due by May 7, 2018. 

  • April 23, 2018: The Supreme Judicial Court invites letters of interest from members of the Maine Bar who wish to serve on the Maine Family Rules Advisory Committee that it plans to establish. Letters of interest due by May 14, 2018.

  • The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hold a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta, in Courtroom 7, to receive oral comments regarding access to electronic court records as electronic filing is implemented. Read details of the Notice of Public Hearing on Access to Digital Records here.

March

  • March 15, 2018: The Maine Statistical Analysis Center at the Muskie School of Public Service recently released the 2017 Court Access and Fairness Survey Report. This report summarizes the findings from the 2017 Maine Court Access and Fairness Survey, which asked survey participants to respond to a series of court “access” and “fairness” questions. The survey was conducted in March 2017 and was completed by 1,039 participants, all of whom were visitors to various courthouses across the State of Maine. The survey results summarized in this report are part of ongoing efforts by the Maine Judicial Branch (MJB) to be responsive to the government and the public. Findings from this research were positive, reflecting court users’ belief that courts are both accessible and fair. Read or download the report here.

  • March 14, 2018: SJC invites comments on proposals by Advisory Committee on Professional Responsibility to amend the Maine Bar Rules to require recording of Fee Arbitration Commission proceedings and to amend the Rules of Professional Conduct to modify the conflict-of-interest rules when lawyers change firms. Comments due by March 28, 2018.

February

  • February 27, 2018: Chief Justice Saufley delivered the State of the Judiciary address to the Legislature.

  • February 23, 2018: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposals by the Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence to amend the hearsay rules.   Comments due by March 23, 2018.

  • February 16, 2018: The Supreme Judicial Court has adopted amendments to Rule 30(b)(4) of the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure, governing recording of depositions.

January

  • January 12, 2018: The Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on a proposed amendment to M.R. Civ. P. 30 to permit any party to record at a deposition. Comments due by January 26, 2018

December

  • December 18, 2017: The SJC has received twenty-six comments in response to its invitation for comments on the recommendations in the Report of the Task Force on Transparency and Privacy in Court Records.  The SJC invites responses to the comments.  Any responses are due by February 2, 2018. [This item corrected on 12/18/17 at 1:16 p.m. to correct number of comments received.]

November

  • November 30, 2017: The Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on a proposed amendment to the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct to state specifically that unlawful harassment or unlawful discrimination constitutes professional misconduct.  Comments due by December 29, 2017.

  • November 17, 2017: Scam Advisory: The Maine Judicial Branch has been advised of at least one report of a scam artist  making  telephone calls, identifying themselves as a Franklin County court employee, and seeking personal information.  The Maine Judicial Branch is issuing another warning that no one should provide personal identity information over the telephone, and is reminding the public that employees of the Maine courts do not call and request personal information over the telephone. 

  • November 2, 2017: Maine Judicial Branch Announces Employee and Volunteer Service Awards for 2017

October

  • October 17, 2017: SJC invites comments on the recommendations presented to the Court in the Report of the Task Force on Transparency and Privacy in Court Records.  Comments due by December 15, 2017.

  • October 16, 2017: Administrative Week Monday, October 16 through Friday, October 20 all Maine courts and clerk's offices will be closed to the public from 8:00 a.m. to noon to allow court staff to complete important work.

September

August

  • August 16, 2017: SJC invites comments on proposed amendments to the Maine Code of Judicial Conduct to correct a drafting error so that probate judges are permitted to attend political gatherings but are not permitted to solicit or make political contributions.  Comments due by August 30, 2017.

  • August 8, 2017: The Supreme Judicial Court seeks interested volunteers to serve as a public member of the Guardian Ad Litem Review Board. Applications should be received by September 15, 2017. For more information, see the Court's notice.

July

  • Administrative Week: Monday, July 31 and Tuesday, August 1 all Maine courts and clerk's offices will be closed to the public from 8:00 a.m. to noon to allow court staff to complete important work.

  • The Task Force on Transparency and Access will hold its next meeting on Monday, July 31, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose/Chamberlain Conference Room of the Capital Judicial Center (1 Court Street) in Augusta, Maine. For more information about the goals of the task force, its membership, and upcoming meetings, please click here.

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Cameras and Audio Recording in Courtrooms

Information about cameras and audio recording equipment is available in Administrative Order JB-05-15 ( A. 9-11).

Media Notification -- Requested Coverage of Court Proceedings (Fillable PDF)

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Media Contacts

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