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  • 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 9, 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 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: 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.

  • April 4, 2018: Katahdin Counsel Recognition Ceremonies- Ceremonies to thank Maine lawyers who have contributed 50 or more hours of pro bono legal services to Maine's neediest populations during the 2016-2017 reporting period will be held on the following dates and locations:
    • Portland, May 3, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in Courtroom 11 of the Cumberland County Courthouse;
    • Augusta, May 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the historic Superior Court courtroom in the old section of the Capital Judicial Center; and
    • Bangor, May 4, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 202 on the second floor of the Penobscot Judicial Center.
  • 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.

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