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- July 24, 2015: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed amendments to the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct regarding the sale of a law practice. Comments due by August 21, 2015.
- July 23, 2015: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed amendments to the Revised Court Fees Schedule and Document Management Procedures, Administrative Order JB-05-26 (A. 7-14). Comments due by July 30, 2015.
- July 20, 2015: Maine Court Reissues Scam Warning.
- July 17, 2015: On Friday, July 17, 2015, at 12:40 p.m., the Governor of the State of Maine, Paul R. LePage, submitted questions to the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court pursuant to Article VI, Section 3 of the Maine Constitution.
- July 15, 2015: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed amendments to Rule 52 of the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure, governing findings of fact and conclusions of law. Comments due by July 24, 2015.
- July 14, 2015: The Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed amendments to the Maine Rules of Unified Criminal Procedure regarding disclosure of grand jury proceedings; depositions of unavailable witnesses; requests for protection; and appeals from juvenile crime proceedings. Comments due by July 28, 2015.
- July 9, 2015 [updated July 23, 2015, to extend time]: Law Court invites amicus briefs on the appropriate disposition of duplicative counts to avoid a Double Jeopardy violation where the State charges, and the defendant is convicted of, multiple crimes as a result of a single criminal act. Briefs due September 11, 2015.
- July 9, 2015: The Supreme Judicial Court has repealed and replaced the Maine Bar Rules, the Code of Judicial Conduct, and the Rules for Guardians Ad Litem.
- July 6, 2015: Due to the move into the new courthouse, Machias District Court and Washington County Superior Court will be closed July 8, 9, 10 and 13. Calais District Court and Ellsworth District Court will be handling emergency filings, including Protection Orders, that would ordinarily be filed in Machias. The public may use whichever of those District Courts is more convenient. Other non-emergency filings may be taken to Calais District Court or mailed to Machias District Court and Washington County Superior Court at: P.O. Box 526, Machias, Maine 04654.
- June 24, 2015: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed amendments to Rules 601 and 801(d)(2)(D) of the Maine Rules of Evidence regarding interpreters and admissibility of statements of party's agent to the principal or employer. Comments are due by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.
- June 18, 2015: Bench/Bar meeting hosted by Chief Justice Saufley and Justice Gorman to be held on June 30, 2015, 3:00 p.m. Feeney Room, first floor, Cumberland County Courthouse.
- June 16, 2015: Chief Justice Leigh Saufley appoints Justice Roland Cole to lead the Maine Superior Court.
- June 8, 2015:
We are pleased to report that the Millinocket District Court will reopen for business on Wednesday June 24th.
A leak in the roof of the Millinocket Municipal Building resulted in moisture problems that lead to significant air quality concerns for the District Court, which is located on the top floor of the Millinocket Municipal Building. To ensure the safety of those entering and working in the court, the Millinocket cases were temporarily moved to Lincoln District Court.
The City of Millinocket has now completed the repairs and renovations, and, after a 10 month hiatus, the District Court will return to the building.
The court schedule for the next quarter will be posted on June 17. Please visit - http://www.courts.maine.gov/maine_courts/schedules/quarterly_schedules.shtml.
- June 8, 2015: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed amendments to Administrative Order JB-05-21 to adjust periods that certain types of court records are retained. Comments due by June 22, 2015.
- June 12, 2015: Pretrial Justice Reform Task Force will be holding a meeting at 1 p.m. at the Capital Judicial Center, 1 Court Street, Augusta. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Multipurpose Room on the second floor.
- June 8 - 12, 2015: Pine Tree Legal Assistance and the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project will be closed to the public June 8 - 12 to update their phone systems and implement changes that will allow their limited staff to better manage the volume of requests for help.
- April 16, 2015: The Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on a proposed amendment to the Maine Rules of Small Claims Procedure to make M.R. Civ. P. 52(a), regarding findings of fact, inapplicable to small claims proceedings. Comments due by April 30, 2015.
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