Invitation to file amicus briefs

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Supreme Judicial Court invites amicus briefs on ability of District Court to grant parental rights to step-parent in protection from abuse order

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court, sitting as the Law Court, invites briefs of amici curiae in Judy Sparks v. Brant Sparks, Law Court docket number Cum-12-73, scheduled to be argued during the December 2012 session of the Court. The appeal is from the District Court's denial of the plaintiff's request for an award of parental rights as to the plaintiff's step-son in the protection from abuse order that the District Court granted the plaintiff on behalf of the step-son.

Electronic copies of the parties' briefs are available 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. All amicus briefs must be filed on or before November 9, 2012, 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, amici are encouraged to send a copy of their briefs electronically, as a single pdf file, to

Dated: October 18, 2012

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