Latest News & Announcements
- July 23, 2014: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on a proposed restyling of the Maine Rules of Evidence. Comments due by September 12, 2014.
- July 21, 2014: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed adoption of Maine Rules of Unified Criminal Procedure to govern matters in all Unified Criminal Dockets. Comments due September 12, 2014.
- July 16, 2014: The Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on the following. All comments are due by September 12, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.:
- The report of the Family Division Task Force--2013
- The proposal by the Board of Overseers of the Bar to repeal and replace the Maine Bar Rules
- A proposed repeal and replacement of the Maine Rules for Guardians Ad Litem based on the work of the Guardian ad LItem Task Force and the Guardian ad Litem Stakeholders Group
- July 9, 2014: The Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed amendments to the Maine Rules for the Maine Assistance Program for Lawyers that would make students of the University of Maine School of Law and applicants for admission to the Bar of the State of Maine eligible for MAP's services. Comments due August 7, 2014.
- July 2, 2014: The Supreme Judicial Court invites amicus briefs on whether a drug-court judge may preside over a participant's probation revocation.
- July 1, 2014: The Maine Judicial Branch will launch a pilot program in the York County Superior Court, to begin implementing new procedures regarding the processing of record searches. The remaining courts in the State will be incrementally brought into the pilot throughout the remainder of the year
- June 24, 2014: Supreme Judicial Court adopts amendments to court rules:
- Amendments to Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure, establishing a track for certain appeals in which briefing is expedited.
- Amendments to the Maine Bar Admission Rules governing reciprocal admission for attorneys admitted in other states.
- Amendments to the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct regarding advance and nonrefundable fees and retainers.
- Amendments to the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure establishing an expedited track and making amendments regarding post-judgment motions and appeals from government action.
- Amendments to the foreclosure provisions of the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure.
- Amendments to the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure to establish specialized procedures for the Business and Consumer Docket.
- June 13, 2014: Supreme Judicial Court to Hold Court at High Schools in Lincoln, Presque Isle, and Yarmouth in Fall 2014
- May 29, 2014: The Supreme Judicial Court invites the public to a presentation by the Board of Overseers on the aging of Maine's bar at noon on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in the multi-purpose room of the Penobscot Judicial Center.
- April 25, 2014: Oath Administration and Robing Ceremony for Maine's New Judges - Friday, May 2, 2014, Kennebec County Courthouse
- April 23, 2014: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed amendments to Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure to reduce time for filing briefs in appeals from certain types of trial court orders. Comments due by May 23, 2014.
- April 22, 2014: Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz Named Deputy Chief Judge of the Maine District Court
- March 20, 2014: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on amendments to Maine Rules of Criminal Procedure regarding obtaining and using location and content information of cell phones and other portable electronic devices. Comments due by April 11, 2014.
- February 24, 2014: State of Judiciary scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
- February 19, 2014: FDP Announces Release of Annual Report. On February 13, 2014, the Foreclosure Diversion Program submitted its annual report to the Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary of the 126th Maine Legislature. The report provides information about the performance of the Foreclosure Diversion Program, including statistical data, covering calendar year 2013 (January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013). No legislative changes were requested. The Foreclosure Diversion Program Manager can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to answer any questions.
- January 11, 2014: MEDIA ADVISORY. An email scam alleging "illegal software use"has been reported in other states that says recipients are expected or ordered to appear in an unspecified state court. Anyone receiving such an email in Maine should not open any attachments or click on links in the emails. A notice about upcoming court appearances in Maine would not be given to state residents in this manner. In other states, these emails have impersonated the domain names of well known national law firms and may contain an attachment, supposedly a court notice or summons, or may contain a link to a website. Some reports say that the attachment or link may download a virus onto the user's computer or device. Maine people should know that they are never summonsed to court via an email.
- December 20, 2013: Maine Supreme Judicial Court to Honor and Recognize Interpreters on January 14, 2014
- December 19, 2013: Advisory Committee on Professional Responsibility invites comments and announces public hearing on proposed amendments to Rules of Professional Conduct regarding fees.
- December 18, 2013: Court Announces Employee and Volunteer Service Awards for 2013
- The Media and Courts Committee will meet on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cumberland County Courthouse in the Feeney Conference Room. FMI: email@example.com
- November 13, 2013: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on the following proposed amendments to rules and an administrative order resulting from technical needs and new legislation:
- October 7, 2013: Supreme Judicial Court Recognizes Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Hancock County Attorneys for Legal Aid to the Elderly and Needy
- October 4, 2013: REVISED SCEHDULE FOR CAPE ELIZABETH - Supreme Judicial Court to Hold Court at High Schools in Orono, Newport, and Cape Elizabeth
- October 1, 2013: Supreme Judicial Court invites amicus briefs on the applicability of the protection from abuse statute to online revenge posts
- September 30, 2013: Supreme Judicial Court invites amicus briefs on whether refusal to consent to a warrantless search of a person to obtain a DNA sample is privileged under the Fourth Amendment and the Constitution of the State of Maine
- September 17, 2013: Supreme Judicial Court announces expansion of audio streaming service to include recent oral arguments
- September 4, 2013: Supreme Judicial Court cancels public hearing and withdraws proposed amendments to Maine Rules of Criminal Procedure relating to maximum time arrestee may be held before initial appearance
- August 30, 2013: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed amendments to Administrative Order JB-12-1 regarding electronic recording of court proceedings.
- August 19, 2013: Chief Justice Saufley encourages participation in the Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program
- August 9, 2013: Supreme Judicial Court to Hold Court at High Schools in Orono, Newport, and Cape Elizabeth - Fall 2013
- August 6, 2013: On behalf of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, the Chief Justice seeks final recommendations from the Guardian ad Litem Stakeholders Group after receiving a report from the Maine Family Law Advisory Commission.
- July 23, 2013: Maine Civil Legal Services Fund Commission's Announcement of Applications for 2014 and 2015 and Notice of Public Hearing
- July 19, 2013: Supreme Judicial Court to hold public hearing on proposed amendments to Maine Rules of Criminal Procedure relating to maximum time arrestee may be held before initial appearance
- June 24, 2013: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed amendments to Maine Rules of Criminal Procedure
- May 17, 2013: Supreme Judicial Court Announces Amendment to the Maine Code of Judicial Conduct Canon 3(B)(12) (Eff. June 1, 2013)
- April 30, 2013: Maine Voices: Lawyers in Libraries -- in case you get the book thrown at you (This link will re-direct to the Portland Press Herald site)
- April 29, 2013: Lawyers to be stationed in libraries across state to offer free legal advice ( Think link will re-direct to the Bangor Daily News site)
- March 6, 2013: Recommendations for Amending the Maine Rules for Guardians Ad Litem Report to the Supreme Judicial Court by the Guardian Ad Litem Stakeholders Group
This report has been received by the Supreme Judicial Court. The Court will next consider the recommendations and determine the next steps.
- March 5, 2013: SJC invites final comments on proposed amendments to Maine Rules of Criminal Procedure regarding formal offers for plea agreements
- February 8, 2013: SJC invites comments on proposed amendments to Maine Rules of Probate Procedure and revisions to probate forms
- February 8, 2013: SJC has determined not to adopt proposed Maine Rules for Parenting Coordinators
- January 30, 2013: Supreme Judicial Court invites amicus briefs on Superior Court's dismissal of invasion-of-privacy counts in State of Maine v. Mark W. Strong Sr.
- January 18, 2013: Notice about parking at Biddeford District Court on January 31- February 1, 2013
- January 10, 2013: Supreme Judicial Court Invites Comments on Proposed Rules for Parenting Coordinators
- January 1, 2013: Notice Regarding Dissolution of the Maine CANEP Program Maine CANEP Advisory Panel
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Cameras and Audio Recording in Courtrooms
Information about cameras and audio recording equipment is available in Administrative Order JB-05-15 ( A. 9-11).
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