Invitation to file amicus briefs

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Supreme Judicial Court invites amicus briefs on whether a drug-court judge may preside over a participant's probation revocation

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court, sitting as the Law Court, invites briefs of amici curiae on an issue presented in State of Maine v. Robert E. Power, Jr., Law Court docket number Han-13-568. The question presented is whether a defendant's due process rights to a neutral and detached decision maker are violated where the presiding judge of the Adult Drug Treatment Court in which the defendant participates adjudicates the defendant's probation revocation. An electronic copy of Power's memorandum in support of his request for a certificate of probable cause is available through the link below.

An amicus brief 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 supporting Power must be filed on or before August 27, 2014, and any brief supporting the State must be filed on or before October 15, 2014. An amicus brief must be filed at the address listed below, and must comply with M.R. App. P. 7(c), 9(e)(1), and 9(f). In addition to filing and serving the required number of copies, any amicus must send a copy of the brief electronically, as a single text-based .pdf file, to

Dated: July 2, 2014

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