News & Announcements

January

  • February 16, 2018: The Supreme Judicial Court has adopted amendments to Rule 30(b)(4) of the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure, governing recording of depositions.

  • January 12, 2018: The Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on a proposed amendment to M.R. Civ. P. 30 to permit any party to record at a deposition. Comments due by January 26, 2018

December

  • December 18, 2017: The SJC has received twenty-six comments in response to its invitation for comments on the recommendations in the Report of the Task Force on Transparency and Privacy in Court Records.  The SJC invites responses to the comments.  Any responses are due by February 2, 2018. [This item corrected on 12/18/17 at 1:16 p.m. to correct number of comments received.]

November

  • November 30, 2017: The Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on a proposed amendment to the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct to state specifically that unlawful harassment or unlawful discrimination constitutes professional misconduct.  Comments due by December 29, 2017.

  • November 17, 2017: Scam Advisory: The Maine Judicial Branch has been advised of at least one report of a scam artist  making  telephone calls, identifying themselves as a Franklin County court employee, and seeking personal information.  The Maine Judicial Branch is issuing another warning that no one should provide personal identity information over the telephone, and is reminding the public that employees of the Maine courts do not call and request personal information over the telephone. 

  • November 2, 2017: Maine Judicial Branch Announces Employee and Volunteer Service Awards for 2017

October

  • October 17, 2017: SJC invites comments on the recommendations presented to the Court in the Report of the Task Force on Transparency and Privacy in Court Records.  Comments due by December 15, 2017.

  • October 16, 2017: Administrative Week Monday, October 16 through Friday, October 20 all Maine courts and clerk's offices will be closed to the public from 8:00 a.m. to noon to allow court staff to complete important work.

September

August

  • August 16, 2017: SJC invites comments on proposed amendments to the Maine Code of Judicial Conduct to correct a drafting error so that probate judges are permitted to attend political gatherings but are not permitted to solicit or make political contributions.  Comments due by August 30, 2017.

  • August 8, 2017: The Supreme Judicial Court seeks interested volunteers to serve as a public member of the Guardian Ad Litem Review Board. Applications should be received by September 15, 2017. For more information, see the Court's notice.

July

  • Administrative Week: Monday, July 31 and Tuesday, August 1 all Maine courts and clerk's offices will be closed to the public from 8:00 a.m. to noon to allow court staff to complete important work.

  • The Task Force on Transparency and Access will hold its next meeting on Monday, July 31, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose/Chamberlain Conference Room of the Capital Judicial Center (1 Court Street) in Augusta, Maine. For more information about the goals of the task force, its membership, and upcoming meetings, please click here.

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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).

Media Notification -- Requested Coverage of Court Proceedings (Fillable PDF)

This is a new form to be used by members of the media who are requesting media coverage in District or Superior court proceedings. All forms should be submitted to the Clerk of Court office that is handling the case. In order to open the form, you will need the a current version Adobe Reader. You may download the free version of Adobe Reader at http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Media Contacts

Members of the media who require further assistance can email info@courts.maine.gov.