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Report of the Family Division Task Force--2013

Comments due on or before
Friday, September 12, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.

On March 7, 2013, the Supreme Judicial Court convened a new Family Division Task Force to undertake a thorough review of procedures related to all Family Matters. Following a year of work, including 8 public hearings throughout the State, on June 6, 2014, the Family Division Task Force submitted its final report to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The report is available on the Court's website.

The report reviews and updates the status of changes recommended by the Task Force in 2006 and recommends changes to statutes, rules, and procedures to advance the Family Division mission to deliver prompt and compassionate justice to Maine children and families. The recommendations focus on improving public service, including:

  • eliminating magistrate or judicial events that create unnecessary costs or delays,
  • creating different or improved procedures that promote prompt and effective resolution of disputes, and
  • allowing for better allocation of magistrate and judicial resources to assure prompt response to changing public needs.

The Supreme Judicial Court invites comments, including specific suggestions and recommendations for amendments to statutes, rules or procedures. Comments may include any constructive proposal for improving family law process.

Comments must be filed with the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court by Friday, September 12, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.

Comments sent via email may be in the text of an email or in an attachment to an email, sent to If the comments are in an attachment, the attachment must be a document in portable document format (.pdf). Comments may also be mailed, through the US. mail to the address below, or hand delivered to the Clerk's Office at that address. No formal acknowledgement of comments will be issued.

All comments must contain (1) the name, mailing address, and telephone number of the individual submitting the comments, and (2) the name, mailing address, and primary telephone number of the organization (if any) on whose behalf the comments are submitted. An individual need not be an attorney to submit comments on his or her own, or on behalf of an organization.

All comments are public documents and may be posted on the Court's website.

Dated July 16, 2014

Matthew Pollack
Clerk, Supreme Judicial Court
205 Newbury Street, Room 139

Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 822-4146